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A4 THE JOURNAL, Thursday, March 14, 2019 sesame? The House has spent hours in the chamber this week, debating and discussing legislation that survived last week’s committee deadline cutoff. All remaining bills are eligible to be heard by the entire House until our next deadline, March 14. We have several hundred bills to consider before then, so we’ll see some late nights this week to ensure we hear as many as possible. This week, the Capitol has focused heavily on government accountability. On Tuesday, I attended a press conference with our legislative leaders to unveil their agreed-upon agency accountability reform plan. Speaker McCall, Sen. Treat and Gov. Stitt all spoke on the importance of ensuring our govem- ment is accountable to its citizens. This series of bills provide greatertransparency in our govem— ment and allows elected officials to deliver stronger oversight, better services and accountable leadership across our state’s five largest agencies. Allowing the executive branch to hire and fire agency directors and appoint members to the agencies’ governing boards will help ensure every aspect of government is held accountable to the people. As part of this plan, the Legislature rolled out five bills to address accountability in the five largest state agencies. The House authored three of the five bills and the Senate passed the remaining two bills. HB2480 involves the Department of Corrections, HB2A79 deals with the Office of Juvenile Affairs and HBZ483 involves the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Each bill passed by wide margins and move to the Senate for consideration. The Senate passed the remaining two accountability bills, dealing with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, which we’ll hear on the House floor soon. These bills rebalance the appointment authority of state agency boards to give the Legislature a much stronger check on the agencies that spent taxpayer dollars. Our current system doesn’tofferanyrealchecksandbalances.Theagencydirectors aren’t accountable to either the governor or the Legislature; instead, they’re accountable to unelected boards that aren’t accountable to anyone either. Oklahomans expect us to deliver more transparency and accountability in government, and these bills will help us accomplish that objective. Another bill that passed the House this week was HBI969, which allows municipal or state law enforcement officers employed in a county with 255,000 or more citizens to be exempt from jury duty. In counties with less than 255,000 people, municipal or state law enforcement officers will be eligible to serve on noncriminal actions only. I’m incredibly thankful for our law enforcement officers in Logan and Payne Counties. They play an important role in ensuring the safety of our citizens. We’ll continue to spend hours on the House floor next week to ensure we hear as many bills as possible before the March 14 deadline.Bills thatpasstheHouse by thatday willmove on to the Senate to undergo the same legislative process. I encourage my constituents in District 33 to reach out to my office with questions, comments or concerns on any legislation. If you visitthe State Capitol, please stop by my office to say hi! I was elected by you to represent your voices and opinions at the Capiml,andlwill continueto do so as we move through session. You can reach me (405) 557—7304 or john.tal1ey@ okhousegov. . CIMARHON VALLEY COOP . PROPANE’ 247 s Main Street, Perkins - (405) 541-2423 x5 a" TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just till out this form, Include your 1 payment, and mail to: THE. IOUKNAI. ‘ Po. Box 667 Perklns, OK 74059-0667.- 23% 5‘ State ___.. Zip. Rates: One year in Oklahoma...830 One year out of state.....$35 ‘ BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 on of the rates listed above if you are a current paid subscriber. {3.3 Use the term above for your “friend” and list your name Meg m 51%? Sim W? D'LISV BOND \IILLZle ‘NflH NUK%? FBI W WiNG 2N. EFFEAR? WEBWG? FalLEV COOP WWW? ( r y, Torn Dagger , State Senator We’ve just concluded the fifth week of the 2019 legislative session and have been working through hundreds of bills ready for consideration —-‘with the exception of a few categories of bills, like those dealing with appropriations or filed by the Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of the House, bills that started in the Senate must be voted on by March 14 in order to continue moving through the Legislature this session. As I’ve mentioned,I chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies. These are agencies and boards that don’t receive appropriations from the Legislature, but instead are funded through fees and services they provide. But because they are actually state entities, it’s still important to have leg— islative oversight of their operations. Reviewing these entities in the Subcommittee on Select Agencies is one of the ways we hold them accountable. For example, by law, these boards and commissions are reviewed every few years to ensure they are still fulfilling a necessary function. If not, there would be a vote to end that panel, but if they are still performing an important function, their “life” would be extended. It’s a review process called sun setting. On Thursday I brought Senate Bill 422 to the floor, dealing with the Oklahoma Accountancy Board which oversees accountants in the state. As a CPA, I have expertise in this area. Having determined the board does indeed perform a necessary function, the bill extends this entity by another four years and addresses specific fees within the profession. The measure was approved and now moves over to the House of Representatives to be considered by committee, then by the full membership. As an accountant, I am in a profession that is all about accountability. We make sure the numbers add up, and that the financial decisions of our clients make good fiscal sense and follow the law. I’m pleased the Legislature is moving efficiently to approve five bills aimed at making some of our top state agencies more accountable to the public. These bills would enable the gov- ernor to directly hire and fire the executive directors. Under the cunent structure, these directors are hired by a board or commission made up of members appointed by legislative leaders and the governor— sometimes these members still serving on the boards were appointed by the previous governor and leaders. The concept behind these bills is that whomever the governor may be, they were chosen by the people to enact a specific agenda and put public policy in place— but these directors may not always be responsive to the current governor. The gover— nor can be powerless to implement his or her agenda. Placing these directors directly under the governor means the agencies will be more responsive and it increases accountability. If the people do not believe they are well served by these agencies and directors, the public can go right to the top and hold our chief executive responsibility at the polls. I thank you for the privilege of being your voice at the State Capitol. If you have any questions or concerns about legisla- tion or other issues at the state level, please feel free to contact my office by calling (405) 521-5572; or email dugger@ oksenategov. It is Tuesday morning at 1:15 am. It is cloudy and 49 degrees. Monday was tough, as if the fires of Hell itself licked out to consume me. Some times life is hard to understand. I asked myself....why me, God? Isn’t there enough on my small plate? Must I tackle, yet, another corporate entity? We, as Americans have the right to “good” service. We should get what we pay for in goods and services. Our income or where we live does not matter. Those at the corporate level will listen, as long as, one of us speaks up for justice and integrity. ‘ . The truth is more will follow the pattern of “resistance” to greed, rude representatives on the phone, sporadic phone service and endless time on the phone. I am tired of going to the same well and there is only a small amount of water for me. I thirst for justice! I speak out for my brothers and sisters who walk also in this Inferno. . ’ I am taking a break from writing the story for this week to pray with Jesus while sipping some lovely organic Domes Over Cities? Remember reading science fiction comics when you were a kid and seeing pictures of big cities covered by huge transparent bubble—like domes that kept them at a pleasant temperature and protected them from rain, snow and storms? With all of the storms that have hit the Northeast this year, I got to thinking about what a blessing those domes would be today. Then, I remem— beredbackinthe 1980’s and90’s some very prominent“experts” predicted cities would soon have those domes over them. For those of you who have traveled abroad and walked through the great skylighted arcades like the one in Milan, Italy, you can see how delightful it would be to have covered streets for outdoor restaurants, exhibits, and activities. Maybe you can envision a domed over city where windows could be open all year and gardens could bloom in a dust free atmosphere. The domes would appear as transparent films through which we could see clouds, stars and the sky, and there would be many benefits for those domes cities. We were told that a dome over Manhattan and other large cities would reduce heating and cooling energy losses by about fifty-fold. In New York City, such a dome would reach from the East River to the Hudson at 42nd Street on its east—west axis, and would consist of a hemisphere two miles in diameter and one mile high at its center. New York City and other large cities around the world suffer water shortages year after year. With domes over cities, melted snow and rain would run neatly to a guttering clear of the pollution of the streets, down into a canal around the dome’s lower rim and then to great collecting reservoirs: ‘ The lower edge of the dome Would be at such a height as to make it appear as an over—sized umbrella above the city, with plenty of blue sky visible under its rim. The dome’s skins would consist of reinforced wire, one-way vision, shatterproof glass ' and mist-plated aluminum. It would haVe an exterior appear— ance of a mirrored dome, but from the inside, you could see out without any conscious impairment. Now, how would you hold that thing up? With such large domes, the captive atmosphere would be enough to support the structural shell by itself much like a large pneumatic tire. The larger the dome, the lower the pressure necessary to carry a given load..With such very large domes, the air introduced with the air-conditioning would keep the shell-sustaining pressure up. We were told that the cost of snow removal in those great eastern and northern cities would pay for the domes over those cities in ten years. Sincelknow nothing about such things,l can’t help but wonder why those things were never built. I What would happen when a hurricane hit? How would those gigantic donres handle winds of 80-90 miles per hour? And, being a mile high, how would air traffic be affected on a cloudy or foggy day? Maybe those “experts” never got around to working those things out. Well,I don’t expect to see any of those domed cities, but maybe our grandchildren might benefit from them if they get it all figured out and if We don’t all kill each other first. And then, the Lord may come before that happens. Just a thought. tea. Each of us have sacred areas that others need to leave alone. Do not hurt my children. Do not lie to me or about me. Most of all do not leave towers and/or defective phone equipment needing work stop me from singing Happy Birthday to my daughters....it has been a tradition since they left home. 4 I live a simple and rather transparent life. Love my family. Love my God. Plan to finish my book here at the cottage. Live a life of service to God. Take time to hug your kids, find out how their day was and spend quality time with out cell phones. Teach them to keep safe boundaries among their friends. Praise those who are trying to get help for drug and alcohol addiction. Let your wait staff and hair dresser known how much you appreciate them. Write to you city leaders. If you are able, attend public'meetingsvto be aware of changes in the community. Let our Sanitation workers know they do a good job in all kinds of weather. I look around me and see few Section 8 housing choices, high utility bills, and unsafe, high rent older homes. There is an urgent need for quality rest home care. We lack adequate mental health care in our com- munity. Every night there is a terrible accident claiming lives; usually from a drunk driver. The rapid rise of fires in D JOY, Page A7