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A graphic design listing the 2021 OPEA legislative agenda

OPEA’s 2021 legislative agenda has been finalized. The agenda was developed by OPEA members through our platform plank process earlier this year. Agenda items form the broad goals to work toward during year’s session. As with any legislation, the details will need to be worked out as bills are written, amended and voted on. OPEA…

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OPEA has just published its October 2019 edition of The Advocate online. This is the first edition that will be published exclusively in an electronic format. By publishing electronically, OPEA saves thousands of dollars in  printing, sorting and mailing costs. We will still provide information about association events, legislative alerts and other topics of interest…

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Call your State Senator and tell them to Vote NO on Senate Bill 1466 This bill is bad for anyone who is on any state health insurance plan. This includes active and retired state employees, their spouses and children and also active and retired educators and local government employees. It makes the state offer employees, teachers…

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State officials, Thursday, told Oklahoma’s state agencies to submit plans to cut their 2016 budgets another four percent due to another revenue shortfall. This cut is on top of a three percent reduction earlier this fiscal year.  The Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) believes the state’s budget crisis will result in state agencies eliminating or…

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Oklahoma’s legislative session began in early February and despite the looming budget discussions, OPEA has been active at the capitol. In addition to continuing to tell lawmakers not to cut state employees’ compensation to balance the budget and reminding them of the critical services that state employees provide, OPEA members and staff have been busy…

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OPEA members will go to the capitol to speak with key representatives to gain support for House Bill 2839 and House Bill 2846 which will make it possible for retirees to get a cost of living raise when certain conditions are reached. These bills are eligible to be heard by the House Business, Labor &…

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OPEA welcomes our new Policy Director Sean Wallace to the office today. Sean, a former fiscal staff member at the Oklahoma State Senate, will assume the role played by Trish Frazier as She transitions into a well-deserved retirement. Sean will be responsible for tracking legislation and working with OPEA staff and members on legislation that…

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Recently, OPEA members asked about two pieces of legislation passed into law last session regarding the evaluation of tax incentives. While we appreciate this first step taken by the Governor’s office, Senate and House members in the passage of HB 2182 and SB 806 and OPEA supported their passage, they are only a first step…

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It looks like Oklahoma is headed for another tight budget year in FY 2017. Once again, lawmakers are saying that our state’s revenue is not keeping up with the cost of providing core services to Oklahoma’s citizens and business. This year’s shortfall was around $600 million and the state was required to use “one-time money”…

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