Jason Murphey

It was 2007 and House Speaker Lance Cargill’s call to me occurred a few weeks following the start of my first legislative session. As a legislative freshman, I had already observed the great power held by the Speaker of the House. I knew to take Cargil…

It’s a state budget shortfall which some believe could run as high as one billion dollars. Despite this large number, next year’s budget downtown could prove beneficial to the taxpayers provided that policymakers learn from the lessons of the past.

Last week I wrote about how this is the time of year when legislators start to shore up their list of legislation for the next session. It’s a great time to remind your elected official of that bill idea you once gave to them. Prior to each new legisl…

We are at that time when legislators start to finalize their list of bills for the next legislative session. Some of these bills are sponsored based on feedback and suggestions from the constituency of the legislator. As many of these ideas are sent th…

This is the time of year during which it is customary for legislators to conduct hearings before the various legislative committees. This year I am participating as a sponsoring legislator for three of these hearings and am eligible to participate in a…

Guthrie - Jason murphey bannerHe was a good legislator. He had the best of intentions, a driving desire to do right, and had staved off the co-opting forces of special-interest influence, personal pride, and self-interest. He had good ideas for reform and and the courage to act on them. However, his attempts at reform didn’t always meet with success despite numerous tries. Over time the impact of the failed attempts ch…

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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 Constitutio…

Jason Murphey: OK Historical Society and a New Way to Learn from Past Mistakes

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Local news outlets recently highlighted the planned implosion of two buildings in downtown Oklahoma City. Media footage featured cheering crowds as the historic buildings fell. I am a bit hesitant to join in the excitement that accompanies the destruction of iconic buildings. These scenes tend to remind me of the many Guthrie-area buildings which have been destroyed over the years, the first a…

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jason-photoThere are amazing benefits and learning opportunities available to those who closely monitor the state legislative process. I have learned much about human behavior and individual character through observation during those times when policy makers are under pressure. Policy makers may work on legislation for months, if not years, only to see their efforts come to an screeching halt when their …

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Conflicting requirements of overlapping state and local regulatory agencies are proving disruptive to business owners/operators, a legislative panel was advised Wednesday.

It “creates chaos” and “tends to harm business activity,” state Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, said during an interim legislative study meeting of the House Committee on Business, Labor and Retirement Laws. Members of the committee include Reps. David Perryman, D-Chickasha; Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell; and Shane Stone, D-Oklahoma City.

“It creates a confusing situation for the businessperson who has to figure out how to satisfy one entity while not being in violation with another,” Murphey, who requested the study of regulatory reform, said recently.

Melissa Holland, executive director of the Oklahoma Assisted Living Association, said that two “large” assisted-living companies told her that they will not expand beyond the facilities they already operate in Oklahoma because they have found it “hard to do business” in this state.

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