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Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed the $7.7 billion budget for the coming fiscal year on Wednesday afternoon, but within minutes, the Oklahoma Senate voted to override his veto. Several hours later, the Oklahoma House did the same and the budget was enacted.

Governor Kevin Stitt has formed a bipartisan group of lawmakers to distribute federal relief funds.

The appointment of the 23 lawmakers comes after legislative leaders criticized Stitt for not including them in discussion over the money.

The governor says the legislative advisory group will work with him to distribute $1.2 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Stitt’s administration is also working on a portal for local governments to submit expenses for reimbursement under the CARES Act.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Monday said he intends to veto part of a state budget that he says sacrifices retirement funding for teachers and other state employees.

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association announced Thursday that they are suspending the membership of the Otoe Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about lawmakers attaching strings to a new round of executive powers to the governor, legislative leaders announce a budget deal and Republicans push through a bill requiring notarization of absentee ballots.

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During a test run in Oklahoma City, Governor Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that REAL IDs will be available to Oklahomans on July 1st.

The identifications will be a requirement to fly, or enter federal buildings or military bases starting in 2021.

Oklahoma has received multiple extensions to implement REAL ID over the past several years. The rollout of REAL IDs was most recently scheduled for April 30, but had to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The federal REAL ID Act was passed by U.S. Congress in 2005 to ensure the authenticity of driver's licenses.

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Governor Kevin Stitt says Oklahoma is on track for Phase 2 of his Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan on May 15.

Stitt says Oklahoma has flattened the curve and infection rates continue to be lower here when compared to the rest of the country. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to totally return to normal.

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On Tuesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued an opinion saying Governor Kevin Stitt cannot enter into compacts with tribes that authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law.

The state legislature has extended Governor Kevin Stitt’s emergency powers for another 30 days. But, lawmakers are now requiring information from the governor’s office on how he used those powers in the past 30 days.

The governor has two days to show which actions stem from powers granted through the Emergency Act and which ones Stitt took outside of those extraordinary powers.

The leader of the Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat says if the governor doesn’t respond in the given time, he stands ready to terminate the emergency resolution.

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Oklahoma legislators have announced a budget that would slash appropriations by three percent. While the cuts aren’t as deep as what was projected, they are significant and represent hundreds of millions of dollars of state funding.

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