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News January 2019
The Oklahoma Academy is beginning 2019 on top with great things anticipated for the year. As a public policy nonprofit, we depend on our members to drive this organization into the future and we are in great hands!

On Friday, January 18, the Academy held a Board of Directors’ meeting in Tulsa. During the meeting, the Board welcomed the 2019 Chairwoman, Rachel Hutchings. Rachel has been a member of the Academy for 10 years and has served on the Board of Directors and ...
Lynn Thompson | Jan 21, 2019
This is a promising year for state policy recommendations
Several members of the Oklahoma Legislature have proposed legislation for 2019 that were recommendations during the 2017 Town Hall that focused on improving the election process, voter access and informed voter engagement. Two such bills that would update the state’s election laws have been filed in the Senate. 

 The first measure, authored by State Sen. J.J. Dossett, of Owasso, would eliminate straight-party voting - a ballot option where voters mark one box to select all candidates of a specific party. The State of Oklahoma currently recognizes three political parties: Democrat, Libertarian, and Republican.

Dossett believes Senate Bill 51 would modernize the election process. Many states have eliminated ...
Lynn Thompson | Jan 21, 2019