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  Jason Murphey is the Oklahoma State Representative Representing Oklahoma House District 31 including Logan and Oklahoma counties. Murphey also owns and operates WebTeks CMS.
 

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Update From Rep. Murphey
August 23, 2010
Open Books 2.0


During the most recent legislative session I was privileged to work on two major initiatives designed to open up Oklahoma government to the purview of taxpayers as has never before been possible.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August 16, 2010
More Great News About Legislative Process Reforms


When I first started to campaign for State Representative in 2004, I did so on a platform of creating a revolution in state government. My idea was that a new generation of legislators would dismantle the legislative process framework which had proven to be so conducive to corruption.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August 10, 2010
Liberalization of School Bond Requirements


The recent debate over a proposed bond issuance by the Guthrie School District has reminded me of my observations of ever-ongoing legislative efforts to liberalize the protocols and quality controls which govern the bond issuance process.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August 2, 2010
My View on Privatizing Logan Medical Center


As part of last week`s update, I wrote about a false rumor being circulated for political purposes. As the primary election date drew near, that rumor was repeated across House District 31 from the coffee shop in Mulhall to Sunday church service in Guthrie.



Update From Rep. Murphey
July 26, 2010
Closing Down the Logan County Hospital?


Over the past few years I have taken note of a number of dishonest political mail pieces which politicians use to try to convince people to vote for them. Usually the pieces consist of small white lies told out of context which have the intended effect of confusing the voters to the extent that they cannot make a clear decision about a politician`s stand on the issues.




Update From Rep. Murphey
July 12, 2010
Driving Down Health Care Costs Through the Implementation of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)


I was privileged to serve on the legislative task force charged with designing this year`s omnibus state employee health care insurance reform plan (Senate Bill 2052). In creating this plan we attempted to draw heavily on best practices which are stabilizing health care costs for other organizations.




Update From Rep. Murphey
June 29, 2010
Free Market Solutions to Health Care Costs


I have always enjoyed the dialog I have with House District 31 residents following the release of my weekly update. Their responses to these updates provide the opportunity to have an ongoing conversation about the issues of importance and I absolutely benefit from that feedback.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June 24, 2010
Rep. Murphey to Keynote at Law Enforcement Event


Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) will provide keynote remarks to the Public Safety GIS User Group of the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation on June 25 at 9:00 a.m. Murphey`s presentation will occur at the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City. The user group workshop is sponsored by the Oklahoma Council of Firefighter Training, Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department and Oklahoma State Fire Marshall`s office. It is designed to assist public safety leaders in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas in gaining new ideas about the use of geographic information technologies to solve public safety challenges.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June 14, 2010
Making Progress


A few weeks ago I wrote an update regarding the effort to ask the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to create a "No Gifts List" by which lawmakers who do not wish to receive personal gifts from lobbyists would have an official mechanism for making their intentions known.




Update From Rep. Murphey
June 7, 2010
The Immediate Effects of Fee Increases


In the last few days I have started to see firsthand how the legislative actions of the past few weeks are having an immediate effect on those I represent. Last week, I was contacted by an individual who lives in my district. He is a small businessman who owns a vending machine business. He places vending machines at several locations in the Oklahoma City area and supplies those machines with various products.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June 3, 2010
Representative Murphey Present for 99% of All Votes


OKLAHOMA CITY State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) made sure that he was representing House District 31 citizens by being present to vote in 1614 out of 1630 roll call votes during the recently concluded 2010 legislative session. During the four-year time frame since being elected to office, Murphey voted in 5,964 out of 6,002 roll call votes, or 99.4% of the time.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 31, 2010
The Last Days of Session


This last week brought about the end of the 2010 legislative session. I must say that this was probably the most intense week of legislative proceedings that I have observed in my four years of legislative service. Much happened in this last week and I could write an entire series of articles about just the happenings of this one week.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 23, 2010
Policies for Voting on the Budget


Legislative leadership recently completed negotiations with the Governor regarding the approval of a budget agreement for the state`s next fiscal year.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 20, 2010
Logan County Road Bill Signed by Governor


Legislation clarifying the ability of Title 19 Road Districts to provide for adequate draining from rural road surfaces has been signed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 19, 2010
Murphey Closes Higher Education Transparency Loophole


A loophole which kept Oklahoma Higher Education entities from meeting a new transparency requirement has been closed down after the Gubernatorial signing of House Bill 2332.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 15, 2010
Update on Modernization Initiatives



During the weeks preceding this year`s session, I wrote a series of articles in which I explained a proposed schedule of government modernization items designed to cut wasteful government spending and provide more transparency to the way the government spends your money. When I wrote the original articles, I solicited the help of House District 31 constituents in providing ideas and suggestions. I have appreciated this input. Much of this modernization effort has been supported by House leadership and with their help, legislation has advanced through most of the legislative process.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 13, 2010
Murphey Business-Friendly Reform Signed into Law


An initiative to make it easier to do business in Oklahoma is set to go into law after being signed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 10, 2010
The Effects of the Upcoming Redistricting Process


One of the tasks I undertake this time of year is that of updating my list of House District 31 constituents. The yearly updating provides me with several important insights. This process allows me to review the growth in the District. House District 31 (North Oklahoma county and Logan County) contains some of the fastest growing areas in the state. You may recall that I have written about this explosive growth and the challenges faced by local officials in maintaining the infrastructure which services this growth.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 6, 2010
Murphey Named to Chair Law Enforcement Committee


Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, has been appointed by House Speaker Chris Benge, to serve as the Chairman of a state law enforcement oversight committee.




Update From Rep. Murphey
May 4, 2010
Murphey Receives Conservative Lawmaker of the Year Award


State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) has been awarded the designation of Outstanding Conservative State Representative of the Year by the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC).



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 3, 2010
The Impact of the New Federal Health Care Proposal


Last week the Oklahoma House approved House Joint Resolution 1054 which is the legislative initiative that would codify an Oklahoma law to state that Oklahomans will not be forced to purchase health care and allows Oklahoma`s legislative leaders to file suite against the federal law.



Update From Rep. Murphey
April 27, 2010
Governor Signs Legislation Creating the Task Force Accountability Act


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 27, 2010) House leaders praised the governor today for signing legislation requiring that any task force meet and issue a final report within three years of its creation or be automatically eliminated.



Update From Rep. Murphey
April 25, 2010
Government 2.0 Legislation Approved by House


Last week the House approved Senate Bill 1759 which contains a series of transparency reforms. This includes what may be a first-in-the-nation comprehensive Government 2.0 policy codification.

Working with Senator Anthony Sykes, Senate author of the bill, we have developed a legislative framework for opening up the government to the scrutiny of citizens in a way that I believe could transform the way the government is held responsible by its citizens.



Update From Rep. Murphey
April 19, 2010
Common Sense Election Reforms



During last week`s update I wrote about the opportunity for individuals to change government by getting involved in local civic affairs. In that update I referenced a recent report by the group Oklahomans for Responsible Government documenting the very low voter turnout in recent local level elections. Some of the respondents to that update referenced the challenge that residents face in having a voice in local affairs.



Update From Rep. Murphey

Example of Problem Created by Federal Influence


Recent legislative votes have indicated that a strong and bi-partisan majority of Oklahoma legislators are adamantly opposed to greater efforts by the federal government to inject itself into the lives of Oklahomans, with specific opposition to the efforts of Congress to expand federal influence over the health care industry.



Update From Rep. Murphey
March 21, 2010
Oklahoma Responds to Federal Health Care Legislation



Over the past weeks and months, I continue to receive e-mails from constituents who are frustrated by the debate over the expansion of the federal government`s role in the health care industry. These constituents feel their voices are not being heard and are extremely frustrated because they feel helpless to effect change. This frustration has only increased over last weekend as part of the legislation was approved by Congress.



Update From Rep. Murphey
March, 16 2009
House Video Feed Yields Positive Results


I have enjoyed observing first signs of tangible impact from the recent decision by Speaker Chris Benge to provide a live video feed of House proceedings on the Internet.



Update From Rep. Murphey
March, 14 2010
State Rep. Makes Donation To Pro-Life Organization


GUTHRIE - State Representative Jason Murphey continued his mid-March
tradition of presenting a yearly donation of $8,241.92 from his
legislative salary to officials from Crossroads, An Open Door For Life
Choices, Inc., located in Guthrie. Crossroads provides faith-based,
pro-life counseling and support services to expectant mothers.



Update From Rep. Murphey
March 10, 2010
Government Modernization Legislation Streamlining State Licenses and Permits Passes House


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 10, 2010) Legislation encouraging the streamlining of several state-issued licenses and permits was approved by the House today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
March 1, 2010
A Common Sense Answer to Lobbyist Gift Giving


As candidate for State Representative, it was my pledge to the citizens of House District 31 to not accept personal gifts from lobbyists.



Update From Rep. Murphey
Feb 22, 2010
Legislation Making State Expenditures More Transparent Passes House Committee


OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 22, 2010) Legislation expanding Oklahoma`s taxpayer transparency website, Openbooks.ok.gov, to include additional details regarding state expenditures unanimously passed House committee today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
Feb, 22 2010
Important Principles for Citizen Statesmen


Last weekend I was privileged to give a presentation to a group of individuals who have become engaged in following political activities due to the recent occurrences in national politics.




Update From Rep. Murphey
Feb 15, 2010
Legislation Creating the Task Force Accountability Act Passes House Committee


Legislation requiring that any task force meet and issue a final report within three years of its creation or be automatically eliminated from law unanimously passed House committee today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
Feb 15, 2010
Update on State


During the past two weeks of the legislative session, Oklahoma State Representatives have mostly focused on committee work. Most legislation is subject to approval by a committee before being considered by the entire House of Representatives.



Update From Rep. Murphey
Feb, 8 2010
House Committee Told Millions Saved as a Result of Purchasing Reforms, More to Come


State agencies could potentially save as much as $12 million with recently-completed and ongoing contract negotiations made possible by purchasing reforms put in place in recent years, House committee members were told today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
Feb 8, 2--2010
Making the State Government Purchasing Process More Transparent


In last week`s legislative update, I talked about how social media can be used as a feedback mechanism by businesses. I posited that state government should be allowed to take advantage of these same techniques, and I have heard from state officials how they need a clear set of policies to govern their actions in using social media projects.



Update From Rep. Murphey
January 31, 2010
Adopting a Uniform Social Media Policy


Last week I enjoyed being in attendance at a Social Media conference which encouraged participants to engage in discussion and strategy sharing regarding their use of social media. Myself and State Representative Joe Dorman were in attendance to share our experiences of using social media as Legislators.



Update From Rep. Murphey
January 25, 2010
Webcast of House of Representative



In recent days there has been a good deal of debate surrounding the fact that the federal Congress is not allowing C-Span cameras to televise the meetings of the health care legislation conference committee. This debate has illustrated the importance of allowing the citizens to observe legislative proceedings.



Update From Rep. Murphey
January11, 2010
Modernization Changes Taking Effect



This is the time of year when we start to see the effect of 2009 legislative changes as they become law. This includes the results from House Bill 1032. House Bill 1032 was the 2009 omnibus modernization bill that focused on using the premise of the economic downturn to mandate new government efficiencies, targeted some of the especially egregious examples of government waste and made accessing government services more convenient for the citizens.



Update From Rep. Murphey
January 4, 2010
The Effect of Term Limits on the Legislature


I find it helpful to use the occasion of the new legislative session to think back about my experiences and observations over the last three years and apply the knowledge picked up from this review to strategize how to conduct my efforts during the next year.



Update From Rep. Murphey
December 29, 2009
Update Number 150


When I asked to serve as your State Representative, I stated that I wanted to incorporate a platform of representing Logan and Oklahoma county residents as opposed to capitol lobbyists and the groups that hire them. I have sought to implement this goal by setting in place a policy of refusing personal gifts and political contributions from lobbyists and the groups that hire them while aggressively building an open line of communication with the citizens I serve.



Update From Rep. Murphey
December 21, 2009
Real Property Tax and Education Reform


I believe I have received more feedback to last week`s update about the need for property tax reform than I have ever received for any other update.




Update From Rep. Murphey
December 7, 2008
The First 2010 Legislative Deadline


This week provides the first deadline by which legislators must pre-file their request for bill language for the 2010 legislative session. During the past few weeks I have written about a number of the legislative ideas I will be sponsoring. I have not yet had an opportunity to write about all of these proposals and look forward to continuing to write about them as the 2010 legislative schedule continues to develop.



Update From Rep. Murphey
November 29, 2009
Giving the Governor the Power to Reform Government


Over the legislative interim, I have enjoyed observing the manner in which state agencies are reacting to the series of government modernization reforms approved by the Legislature and the Governor during the last legislative session.



Update From Rep. Murphey
November 22, 2009
Reforming Oklahoma County Governance


One piece of legislation I have considered sponsoring for years is an omnibus reform of Oklahoma`s county governance structure.



Update From Rep. Murphey
November 17, 2009
Murphey Named to Chair Health Insurance Oversight Committee


Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, has been appointed by House Speaker Chris Benge to serve as Chairman of the Legislature`s Joint Liaison Committee on State and Education Employees Group Insurance Benefits.



Update From Rep. Murphey
November 15, 2009
Implementing a Shared Services Policy


A few weeks ago, the House of Representatives Government Modernization Committee conducted an interim study to explore the possibility of realizing taxpayer savings through the implementation of shared services among agencies.



Update From Rep. Murphey
November 12, 2009
Murphey Named to Law Enforcement Committee


Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, has been appointed by House Speaker Chris Benge, to serve on a state law enforcement oversight committee.



Update From Rep. Murphey
November 9, 2009
Implementation of Shared Services



Last year, an omnibus modernization bill (HB 1032), made accessing state services more convenient for vendors and individuals, and could lead to the saving of millions of dollars in taxpayer expenditures.




Update From Rep. Murphey
November 2, 2009
Realizing Savings Through the Implementation of a Technology Strategy



Last year as part of the House Modernization agenda, House Bill 1170 introduced the important step of requiring the state Chief Information Officer to consider the incorporation of innovative and low cost technology components in Oklahoma`s IT strategy. The bill seeks to recognize the fact that the days of state government being forced to expend millions on expensive licensing agreements are in fact limited.



Update From Rep. Murphey
October 25, 2009
Town Hall Meeting Update


This week I will be hosting the third of four Town Hall meetings which are scheduled in House District 31 during this year`s legislative interim. At each of these Town Hall meetings, it has been my goal to bring together state and local officials to provide updates to area residents. At almost every meeting, I have invited at least one area State Senator and one local County Commissioner to provide a broad base of access to both state and local issues.



Update From Rep. Murphey
October 20, 2009
Interim Study Examines Open Source Technology


OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 15, 2009) The state of Oklahoma could potentially save millions of dollars annually by utilizing open source technology in lieu of purchasing expensive software licenses, House members were told at an interim study today.

Representatives Jason Murphey and David Derby convened an interim study today designed to explore possibilities for a new round of cost-saving modernization legislation set to be introduced next legislative session.



Update From Rep. Murphey
October 19, 2009
Developing the Oklahoma Innovation, Efficiency and Accountability Act of 2010


In today`s quickly changing world, private businesses are taking advantage of innovative programs such as allowing for employee telecommuting. Because of the ever growing reach of broadband Internet access, many job functions can be performed through the Internet.

One example of this new functionality is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that allows for state of the art telephone functions to be performed online. Another important reason for the rise of telecommuting is the recent expansion of cloud computing (shared computing via the Internet). Because of high speed Internet access, individual workers are not limited to the capabilities of his/her own computer, but can work in a collaborative manner with other employees who are located miles away through the use of shared capabilities afforded by cloud computing. An example of this functionality is the ability of employees to co-edit documents in real time.



Update From Rep. Murphey
October 10, 2009
Getting Your Input About Government Modernization 2.0


During the past few months it has been my responsibility to help develop the next series of Government Modernization legislation. As part of this process, I have met with a number of agency leaders to receive their input and have worked to ascertain best practices from the private industry and other government entities. The goal of these efforts has been to develop the proposals that will result in the quick elimination of waste and provide savings to Oklahoma taxpayers.



Update From Rep. Murphey
October 5, 2009
An Opportunity to Save Millions of Taxpayer Dollars


One of the concepts I would like advance in 2010 legislation is the incorporation of a state employee telecommuting pilot program.



Update From Rep. Murphey
October 4, 2009
One of the Worst Examples of Wasteful Spending



Once in a while, I run across a law that makes my head hurt. A perfect example of one of these laws is Senate Bill 1347 which was signed into law in 2004. To see the effect of this law, I would suggest a drive down Memorial Road at the site of the new Broadway overpass. You will notice a series of elaborately designed artwork to aesthetically improve the new overpass.



Update From Rep. Murphey
September 27, 2009
The Need for Greater Transparency


I have either been involved in or closely observed some level of government for almost ten years. In that time I have studied a series of local, county and state government entities, as well as an array of government public trusts.



Update From Rep. Murphey
September 19, 2009
Conducting a Review of State Employee Insurance


You may have read recent headlines regarding an increase in rates that state, school and county governments will be paying for the insurance of their employees. An increase in the cost of the co-pay provisions of the primary PPO plan (state-run self-insurance program known as HealthChoice) will be handed down to state, school and county employees.



Update From Rep. Murphey
September 20, 2009
Millions Saved Through Government Reforms; Committee Reviews New Tools for Better Government


OKLAHOMA CITY Recent reforms in government purchasing have already resulted in more than $1.2 million in savings and additional reforms could result in state government being more cost efficient and effective, state legislators were told today.




Update From Rep. Murphey
September 13, 2009
Learning from the Failures of other States


If you spend much time watching business or news networks such as CNBC or FOX, you may have noticed a commercial promoting Michigan as a good location for business owners to conduct business. For the past several years, Michigan`s political leaders have offered $3.3 billion in tax credits through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and spent another $1.6 billion in outlays to create and retain jobs. The subsidies include tax breaks for film production, funding for new industrial plants, and millions for the nationwide TV ads starring celebrities talking about business and tourism to Michigan.



Update From Rep. Murphey
September 9th, 2009
Interim Study Looks at Ways to Streamline State Permits and Licensing


Streamlining the thousands of licenses and permits issued by various state agencies is critical to modernizing state government, House members were told at an interim study today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
September 9th, 2009
Payroll, Human Resources Streamlining Discussed at House Interim Study


Several state agencies testified at an interim study today about their ongoing efforts to streamline and consolidate payroll and human relations services, which has not only saved the state money, but has also improved services.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August 30, 2009
Free Market Solutions for High Speed Internet


During the time I have served as State Representative, my office has handled a number of constituent requests. One of the issues I am most often asked to check into is why a certain area does not have access to broadband Internet and when it might become available. Usually the constituent who has an interest in this issue lives in a rural part of the district and is understandably frustrated that they cannot get online quickly.




Update From Rep. Murphey
August 30, 2009
This is how it Affects You


It may seem that the debate regarding health care nationalization is taking place in a far away location and may be hard to visualize as having an impact on our lives.
However, the current government-run system such as Medicaid and Medicare is already playing havoc with local health care policy and an expansion of this system would likely create more problems.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August 23, 2009
Local Officials Standing Up to the Legislature


I believe the best form of government is one in which a citizen board sits in oversight of a government entity without having the direct authority to determine who receives money from the government by way of targeting funds directly to the recipient. When elected officials have the direct authority to determine who receives government largesse, the potential for corruption dramatically increases.



Update From Rep. Murphey
08/19/2009
Representative Murphey Present for 99% of All Votes


State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) made sure that he was representing House District 31 citizens by being present to vote in 1544 out of 1555 roll call votes during the 2009 legislative session. During the three-year time frame since being elected to office, Murphey voted in 4,350 out of 4372 roll call votes, or 99.5% of the time.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August, 15, 2009
Creating an Inventory of State Assets


It is my belief that Oklahomans expect their elected officials and government leaders to manage their resources in the same efficient manner that a privately owned business would manage its affairs.




Update From Rep. Murphey
August, 9 2009
Crescent and Guthrie School Districts Applying Best Practices


One of my recent tasks has been to participate in discussions with state agency officials and other groups who have an interest in upcoming government modernization efforts.



Update From Rep. Murphey
August, 3 2009
Dealing With The Federal Bureaucracy


Last week, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn made a point of exposing the horrendous misuse of our gas tax dollars. Each time you buy gas, you pay about 18 cents per gallon which is remitted to the federal government. This money is supposed to be used to build and repair roads. Coburn explained that a third of this money is being used for items such as scenic beautification, bike paths, pedestrian walkways, transportation museums and environmental concerns.



Update From Rep. Murphey
July 27, 2009
Road Funding Relief May Be On The Way


Last summer as I went door to door visiting with District 31 constituents, I tried to put a special emphasis on making contact with those who were new to the area. I wanted to be sure to welcome them to the district and give them the opportunity to update their voter registrations to reflect their new residence.




Update From Rep. Murphey
July 17, 2009
Preparing to Advocate an Aggressive States


Last November, I wrote an update entitled, "Preparing for an Expansion of Government." In that update, I referenced how that over time, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, both parties have used the expansion of federal government as a tool to accomplish their various agendas and in doing so violated the important concept of states` rights. I also wrote about the possible upcoming expansion in the size and scope of the federal government due to the recent consolidation of liberal control over both the presidency and Congress.



Update From Rep. Murphey

OFRG Honors Two Lawmakers


(Oklahoma City, OK) Oklahomans for Responsible Government is proud to announce its selection of Lawmaker of the Year for the 2009 legislative session.



Update From Rep. Murphey

Saving Money - Streamlining Government Services


A few days ago, the Speaker of the House announced his approval of a list of interim studies that will be conducted during the next few months. These studies will potentially form the basis for future legislation and give legislators a chance to examine new ideas without being under the constraints of the normal series of legislative deadlines.



Update From Rep. Murphey
July 7, 2009
Murphey Receives 100% Conservative Rating


State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) has learned that he will receive a rating of 100% from Oklahoma`s longest running conservative publication for his work during the 2009 legislative session.




Update From Rep. Murphey
July 6, 2009
2009 Town Hall Meetings


I will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings across House District 31 this week.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June, 28 2009
Secretive Tax Credit Program to Come Under Legislative Review


If you have read my articles in the past, you know that I am a strong opponent of special perks and that I oppose efforts to build special loopholes into the tax code for a privileged few. I am happy to be able to report that one of the most secretive of these programs is about to receive some legislative review.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June, 26 2009
House Interim Studies Announced


OKLAHOMA CITY (June 26, 2009)House Speaker Chris Benge announced the approval today of 120 interim studies that will be conducted over the summer and fall prior to the next legislative session.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June, 22nd 2009
Reducing Some of the Waste in Government Spending


During the last two weeks, I have written about two unfortunate aspects of this year`s session. First, property tax reform was not allowed to take place and second, stimulus dollars thwarted an excellent opportunity to significantly shrink the size of state government.




Update From Rep. Murphey
June 16th, 2009
Local Official Appointed to Health Insurance Working Group


Speaker of the House Chris Benge has appointed local State Representative Jason Murphey to the State Employee Health Insurance Review Working Group. This group is assigned with the responsibility of reviewing Oklahoma`s state employee health insurance system.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June 15, 2009
The Stimulus Nightmare


Earlier this year, I wrote about this year`s state budget shortfall and explained how I thought the shortfall would provide an excellent opportunity for state government to get smaller. I felt that the shortfall would force state government to cut the most wasteful and inappropriate functions.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June, 7 2009
No Property Tax Reform This Year


One of the bills that was lost late in the session this year was property tax reform in the form of SJR-5. This was probably the single most disappointing occurrence of the session.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June 5, 2009
Government Modernization Plan Signed into Law


OKLAHOMA CITY (June 5, 2009) Governor Brad Henry has signed House Bill 1032, the Oklahoma State Government Modernization Act of 2009 authored by Senator Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso and Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie.



Update From Rep. Murphey
June 2, 2009
Government Modernization Plan Signed into Law


Governor Brad Henry has signed House Bill 1032, the Oklahoma State Government Modernization Act of 2009, a keystone in the House Republican effort to streamline government.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 26, 2009
Signed into Law: Local Request Bill to Improve Adoption Transparency


OKLAHOMA CITY (June 1, 2009) The Governor has signed into law Senate Bill 794. Senate Bill 794, authored by state Sen. Clark Jolley and state Rep. Jason Murphey, requires DHS to publish a report on unsuccessful adoptions similar to its public reports on successful adoptions.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 23, 2009
Pay-As-You-Go Road Districts and Guarding the Initiative Petition Process


In 2007, I was contacted by a member of a rural Logan County road district who explained that one of the big challenges facing the district was Oklahoma`s statutory scheme which encourages public boards to incur debt for their long-term projects instead of allowing them to participate in a pay-as-you-go project where no debts would be incurred.




Update From Rep. Murphey
May, 22, 2009
Local Legislators Win Approval for Closing Tax Loophole



OKLAHOMA CITY (June 1, 2009) Two local legislators have won legislative approval for a law that will close a loophole in the law. House Bill 1295 was presented to the legislature by Representative Jason Murphey and Senator Clark Jolly after a state employee who works in one of the state`s licensing entities informed Murphey of the loophole.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 20, 2009
Legislation Streamlining Information Technology among State Agencies Passes House


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 20, 2009) Legislation that will streamline state information technology services and purchases while also working to prevent technology security breaches passed the House today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 20, 2009
Government Modernization Legislation Advances


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 20, 2009) Legislation overwhelmingly passed by the House today would provide increased oversight of state purchasing and improved online access to government services, which if signed into law could lead to millions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.



Update From Rep. Murphey
5/20/2009
Bill Aiding State Employee Payroll Transition Passes House


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 20, 2009) Legislation helping with the transition of state employees onto a more efficient and cost-effective biweekly payroll system is one step closer to becoming law following House passage today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 19, 2009
Logan County Road District Bill Set To Go Into Law


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 19, 2009) - The Governor has signed into law House Bill 1294 by Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie and Senator Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, to enable rural Road District to fund their projects on a pay-as-you-go basis instead of having to issue long term debt.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 10, 2009
Taking Another Stand for States


This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives once again voted to support a House Resolution authored by State Representative Charles Key which sends a message to the federal government regarding states` rights. This is Key`s second proposal which has been necessitated by a previous version approved in the House and Senate, but vetoed by the Governor.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May, 9 2009
Rep. Jason Murphey Talks About Oklahoma IT Consolidation
http://www.jasonmurphey.info

Oklahoma State Representative Jason Murphey talks about Oklahoma government IT consolidation under CIO position.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May 1, 2009
Video of Rep. Murphey On Term Limits Bill
http://www.jasonmurphey.org

Jason Murphey On Term Limits Bill -



Update From Rep. Murphey
May, 6 2009
Government Reform Will Protect Citizen Information


OKLAHOMA CITY State lawmakers and technology security experts today said reforms advancing in the Legislature will increase protection of citizens` private data and reduce its theft from government computers.



Update From Rep. Murphey
May, 4th, 2009
Great News for Oklahoma Taxpayers


In the upcoming days, the details surrounding the state`s next budget should begin to become public as legislative leadership and the governor`s office work through negotiations and determine how to account for the multi-million dollar budget shortfall.




Update From Rep. Murphey
04/14/2009
People to Decide Statewide Office Term Limits


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 14, 2009) Oklahomans will have the option to stop politicians from becoming entrenched in office following House passage of statewide term limits legislation today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
4/12/2009
Adding Even More Debt


Last week, the House approved the issuance of new long-term debt to finance a dam project on the Arkansas River in the Tulsa area. This means that each year, more of your money will be added to the millions of tax payer dollars that are tied down to paying debt and debt interest.



Update From Rep. Murphey
4/10/2009
A Moral Imperative


One of the more misunderstood issues in Oklahoma is that of charter schools. This is probably the first year since I have been in the House of Representatives that no debate has centered around the creation of charter schools, although it appears there will be much debate around a bill that would allow public schools to operate under the same lack of state auspices as charter schools.



Update From Rep. Murphey
4/6/2009
Legislation Streamlining Information Technology among State Agencies Passes House


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 7, 2009) Legislation streamlining and consolidating technology services across state agencies passed the House today.



Update From Rep. Murphey
4/10/2009
Associated Press story on the House passage of the CIO bill this week.
http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?S=10144283