The League of Women Voters along with Tulsa Community College and The Frontier will be putting on candidate forum for the Republican candidates who are running for Tulsa County Sheriff. Keeping with our mission, the League is providing this free and public forum to educate the electorate. This forum aims to familiarize voters with the candidates and the issues they stand for.
When: Monday, February 8, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity at Tulsa Community College | 910 S. Boston
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan is continuing with its mission to empower citizens to shape their communities by conducting our monthly Voter Registrar Training event. This event is free and open to the whoever wishes to be able to register voters.
When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 11:30am
Where: LWVMT Office- 3336 E. 32nd Street, Suite 4 | Tulsa, OK 74135
We ask that you please call the office at (918) 747-7933 to register as space and resources are limited. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Oklahoma Legislature returns to the Capitol on February 1st for its 2016 session. The budget crises will take up much of its time as Oklahoma adjusts to the 2016 mid-year revenue failure, and the 2017 budget must be prepared and approved.
On January 14, Preston Doerflinger, Oklahoma’s chief financial officer, projected a $900 million loss in general revenue for the 2017 budget that begins on July 1st.
February Unit Meeting Details :
Mid-town and Breakfast Unit Meetings: “A Look at Oklahoma’s Budget Process – and suggested improvements”
Mid-town Unit: Tuesday, February 16, 11:30 to 1 pm. Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E. 32nd. Lunch and visitation start at 11:30 (bring your own sandwich). Meeting is at 12:00 pm.
Breakfast Unit: Tuesday, February 23, 7 to 8 am. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the New Atlas Grill, located in the Courtyard Tulsa downtown, 415 S. Boston Ave.
(Meeting materials for both the Mid-town and Breakfast Units may be found below.)
The North Tulsa Unit will continue its year-long study, “Re-Entry into Society after Prison”. The topic for February is “Housing Barriers”.
The North Tulsa Unit will meet Monday, February 22, (the 4th Monday of the month) noon to 1:00 pm, at the Rudisill Library, 1520 N. Hartford. Join the discussion on Housing Barriers for our citizens who Re-Enter Society after Prison. (Meeting materials may be found below.)
Get Involved. Be in the Know. Join us at one of the Unit Meetings. Educated and informed voters are the key to our democracy.
The Breakfast and Mid-town Units:
Discussion Topic: “A Look at Oklahoma’s Budget Process – and suggested improvements”
Quote from Johnathan Small, Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs, Daily Oklahoman 6-6-15.
“What’s interesting is that lots of people are on different sides of the issue on whether government has enough money, but people on both sides of the ideological spectrum agree that Oklahoma’s budget process is not open and doesn’t facilitate good long-term decision making.”
Study materials include 3 articles:
The first article was in the Sunday, January 3, Tulsa World. Written by Dan Millican, a member of the World’s Community Advisory Board, it is titled: State Need Long Range Financial Planning. : http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/readersforum/don-millican-state-need-long-range-financial-planning/article_621898b1-fc25-5bb2-a758-de8c228b128b.html?_dc=445471739163.62225
Mr. Millican refers to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in his article. Following is an article from the Center’s site. It is an interesting article with interactive materials and charts: http://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/better-state-budget-planning-can-help-build-healthier-economies
And, finally, here is a link to an article by Preston Doerflinger, Oklahoma Secretary of Finance and Revenue, Director, Office of Management and Enterprise Services, (OMES). This article, “How The Budget Is Prepared”, was included in the pre-conference Oklahoma Academy Town Hall reading material: http://www.okacademy.org/PDFs/2015Research.pdf This is a 200 page booklet. Please see pages 24 and 25.
February Discussion Questions:
- What changes in the Oklahoma budget process is Don Millican suggesting?
- From where does Oklahoma’s revenue come – is the revenue forcast process clear, credible, transparent, and do the executive and legislative branches agree on the revenue estimates?
- How does Oklahoma forcast its spending costs for budget planning?
- What are your thoughts about the Oklahoma budget process?
2016 is going to be a busy year for League members as we work to educate and engage voters. The leaders we elect make the decisions that affect all of us- our jobs, health care, energy costs, security, and more. During the coming year your Tulsa Program Committee will be preparing discussion topics for the League’s monthly Unit Meetings. These topics will help us get to know the issues and be informed voters. So…
Get Involved. Be in the Know. Join us at one of our Unit Meetings. Educated and informed voters are the key to our democracy. The meeting dates and study materials may be found below.
The North Tulsa Unit continues its year-long study, “Re-Entry into Society after Prison”. The topic for January is “Employment Barriers”. This unit will meet Monday, January 25, (the 4th Monday of the month) noon to 1:00 pm, at the Rudisill Library, 1520 N. Hartford.
Join the discussion.
The Breakfast and Midtown Units are discussing State Senator Kyle Loveless’ Senate Bill 838. This bill is titled, “Asset Forfeiture, Creating the Personal Asset Protection Act, modifying procedures for forfeiture of certain property”.
Midday Unit: Tuesday, January 19, 11:30 to 1 pm. Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the League office, 3336 E. 32nd. Lunch and visitation start at 11:30 (bring your own sandwich). Meeting is at 12:00 pm.
Breakfast Unit: Tuesday, January 26, 7 to 8 am. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the New Atlas Grill, located in the Courtyard Tulsa downtown, 415 S. Boston Ave.
Study materials include 3 articles. Two of these articles were in the Tulsa World on November 8, 2015. In these articles Senator Loveless and Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler each give their best arguments for and against SB838.
Tulsa voter Newsletter -2015-11-08-LovelessForeiture
Tulsa Voter Newsletter -2015-11-08-KunzweilerForfeiture
As the Tulsa World says, “The proposal raises the burden of proof on prosecutors and police seeking to seize money suspected of being part of drug trafficking.
Senator Loveless says this bill is a matter of justice and protects people who have their money taken without adequate proof.
Prosecutors and police argue that the current system protects the rights of innocent people while taking assets away from drug dealers.
Since introduced, the proposal has been the subject of public hearings, debate and many newspaper articles.”
The third article is from OK Policy. It answers the question, “Why unlikely allies (OK Policy Institute, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma) want to reform Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture law”.
What are the arguments for and against the state’s civil asset forfeiture law?
Do police seize innocent people’s assets?
What are your thoughts about SB 838?