Jason Murphey

The power to appropriate money provides the Legislature with one of the strongest tools with which they exercise input over state agency conduct. In some respects, this is a role which makes the Legislature the most powerful branch of state government….

jason murphy 2016 banner_eThere is some very good news from this session: the first meaningful step in the effort to reverse term limits was unexpectedly and overwhelmingly defeated!

Frequent readers of these articles will know my position regarding term limits. They are a vital reform that reinforces the concept that public service should be a temporary time during which an individual makes a sacrifice on behalf of his community. Public service should never be a “career” in which a person spends a lifetime as a politician.

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It was one of the most interesting presentations I observed this year: a veteran state transportation official spoke to a mixed group of long term and new lawmakers.He spoke of the importance of the state’s eight year plan to upgrade state highways and…

Last week I wrote of the impending new legislative leadership. These new leaders will take office in the House and Senate in November.The current state of legislative malaise has provided them with a tremendous opportunity – especially those in the Hou…

In recent years I have been a part of an ongoing effort to repeal state laws. The most recent round of these repealers will be taking effect over the next few weeks. Although we have repealed numerous laws, we can’t keep up with the overwhelming number…

I have enjoyed the opportunity to observe the leadership of five different Speakers of the House. I have attempted to learn all I can about the strengths and weaknesses of the different leadership styles and apply the lessons I have learned.I have noti…

I wrote an article in 2011 about a new, disturbing trend of political correctness which I strongly believed presented a real danger to the ability of policymakers to engage in honest and open debate.Here’s what happened.The Oklahoma Constitution states…

During the past few weeks, legislators made numerous efforts to scrounge up extra cash for the government by eliminating tax deductions, increasing fees, and stepping up tax enforcement protocols.I consistently oppose attempts to increase fees and taxe…

Guthrie - Jason murphey bannerEach year, members of the House cast votes impacting almost every aspect of life: from public safety to education to the expenditure of billions of your taxpayer dollars. These votes occur in two-minute segments during which time the lawmaker must make up his mind: will he vote yes, or no?If the pressure on the lawmaker is too much, there is an antiquated system that allows the lawmaker to duc…

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