The interim studies at the state capitol are still moving forward, unlike work by our federal government in Washington, D.C. I am hoping the congressmen will reach an agreement soon. If not, the consequences for our nation and the looming likelihood of defaulting on federal obligations could significantly impact not only federal employees, but the entire world economy.
The state house Government Modernization Committee met on a variety of subjects recently. The first topic was the consolidation of technology into one state entity rather than having tech staff in each agency. While this has allowed better oversight on what is going on in the agencies, it has slowed down some response times and increased costs, according to some agency officials. As a member of the committee, I requested information showing how this has saved funds equal to the amount of savings the agency has promoted. I was told that would be included in information for the next budget request in the upcoming fiscal year. The committee is also looking at ways to reduce “red tape” in government and providing assistance to small businesses. I look forward to that discussion to see if the changes in the recent laws have truly accomplished that goal.
Another two studies I have upcoming will look at storm shelters and state employee pay. The discussion on storm shelters will be held at the State Capitol on Thursday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m. in room 432-A. This is a study that was requested in two parts. The first portion deals with school safety and student protection, as requested by Reps. Ann Coody and Todd Thomsen. The second portion will look specifically at storm shelters in schools and was requested by myself, along with 16 other legislators. I know the following officials will testify that morning:
Rep. Joe Dorman – The Status of Storm Shelters in Oklahoma Schools;