The House Government Modernization Committee is set to consider a series of money saving and transparency enhancing proposals during two days of interim studies to be held early next month.


The House Government Modernization Committee is set to consider a series of money saving and transparency enhancing proposals during two days of interim studies to be held early next month.

On November 8, the committee will take up a request from state Rep. T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) to consider a system for returning excess state-owned property to the private sector. Shannon’s proposal would document the assets that are not being used by state government, sell those assets, and place the proceeds into an endowment fund that could be used to maintain existing state assets, such as the crumbling exterior of the Oklahoma Capitol and other state buildings.

Also on November 8, the Government Modernization Committee will receive an update regarding the savings realized from the recent purchasing system reforms. The committee will also consider the implementation of additional purchasing best practices and analyze the ability of central purchasing officials to renegotiate contracts containing spend items that no longer offer a savings when compared to items commonly found at major retailers. The study is expected to highlight recent reforms implemented in this year’s House Bill 1086 that require state agency purchasing officials to report their observation of state mandatory contract commodities that are more expensive than traditional market prices. The study has been requested by state Reps. Lisa Billy (R-Purcell) and Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie).

Also on November 8, at the request of state Rep. Ann Coody (R-Lawton), the committee will review the impact of state auditing procedures on local government.

On November 10, the committee will analyze the impact of recent legislative rule changes that for the first time in many years required House conference committees to meet in public. Rep. Murphey will also ask the committee to consider the possible impact of applying Oklahoma’s open meetings and open records laws to the Legislature.

Also on November 10, the committee will receive an update from state central services officials on the ongoing agency and process consolidation efforts. Of special interest are the five agency consolidation mandated by House Speaker Kris Steele’s House Bill 2340 and the Information Technology process consolidation required by Rep. David Derby’s House Bill 1304. Rep. Murphey has requested Oklahoma state Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit to provide the committee with a list of state agencies that have refused to comply with the IT consolidation law.

And, also on November 10, state Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Edmond) will ask the committee to analyze the method by which state agencies must purchase workers compensation insurance coverage and explore opportunities for lowering the cost of the coverage.

Each of these studies will take place at the State Capitol in room 432A. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and will occur in chronological order as denoted in this release.