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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 12 items )  

Gateway First Bank: Geared for Future
TULSA, Oklahoma, June 19 -- Gateway First Bank issued the following news: Scott Gesell has been an integral part of Gateway First Bank's leadership since 2013. During his time at Gateway, he played a leading role in the merger of a 100-year-old community bank with a 20-year-old mortgage company to become Gateway First Bank. Last year, the company achieved the best production year in history, funding over $7.7 billion in mortgages. Now, as the CEO, Gesell is poised to lead the company through th  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Warns of Privacy Issues Surrounding Contact Tracing Apps, Sends Letter to Apple, Google Asking Companies to Help Protect Consumers
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 18 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Hunter is warning Oklahomans that downloading certain contact tracing applications to their cellphones or computers could compromise their personal identifiable information, including sensitive health information. In an effort to alert Apple and Google to these concerns Attorney General Hunter joined a bi-partisan coalition of 38 other state attorneys general in sending  more

Okla. Department of Corrections Response to Analysis on SQ 805
OKLAHOMA CITY, June 18 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) commends FWD.US and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' effort to educate the public as to potential financial impacts of SQ 805 if it were to become law. While ODOC appreciates the goal of reducing sentence lengths absent a commensurate public safety benefit, the calculation of the financial impact to ODOC's operating budget cannot account for the realit  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces 1st Round of Cares Act Funds Delivered To Cities, Counties Impacted by COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 19 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt was joined by city and county leaders to announce the State has begun fulfilling reimbursement requests for CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds, fulfilling 30 percent of city and county requests in the first 7 days of receiving applications. From June 1 to June 10, the State received a total of $7.5 million in reimbursement applications from more than 60 cities and counties   more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces Two New Cares Act Grant Programs: Business Relief Program, Mitigation Program
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 20 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release on June 19: Governor Kevin Stitt announced two new grant programs to support Oklahomans impacted by the presence of COVID-19. Leveraging CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), the State is dedicating $10 million towards an Eviction Mitigation grant program in partnership with local non-profits and is dedicating $100 million to the Oklahoma Business Relief Program in partnership with local fina  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt to Host Second Roundtable on Race
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 19 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release on June 18: Governor Kevin Stitt will host a second roundtable discussion on race with Oklahoma community leaders at 7 p.m. tonight on Gov. Stitt's Facebook and YouTube channels. "As I mentioned in our first roundtable, I wanted to continue the conversation and focus on economic development challenges and opportunities in minority and underserved communities," said Gov. Stitt. "Oklahoma is bette  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO Kevin Corbett Seek Reform to Oklahoma's Medicaid Program
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 19 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: In order to improve Oklahoma's health outcomes, increase access to health care and foster a more accountable system, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) will seek proposals from qualified managed care organizations to facilitate health care services to eligible and enrolled members of Oklahoma's Medicaid program, commonly known as SoonerCare. The managed care organizations' contracts will  more

Oklahoma State Sen. Scott Receives Perfect Pro-business REID Score
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 16 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Sen. Paul Scott has a 100% voting recording on 2020 legislation supporting Oklahoma businesses, economic growth and job creation according to the non-partisan Research Institute for Economic Development (REID). "I'm proud to support my fellow business owners and all of Oklahoma's various industries and companies. Our state's business community supports Oklahoma families but also the vital state ser  more

Oklahoma State Sen. Sharp Holds Best REID Record After Nearly Decade in Legislature
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 16 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Sen. Ron Sharp has received his fourth perfect REID score following the 2020 legislative session. After eight years in office, the Shawnee Republican continues to be the business community's top champion in the legislature supporting and advocating for legislation that promotes job creation and economic growth. Sharp holds a cumulative REID score of 96. Only one legislator has a higher cumulative sc  more

Southeastern Oklahoma State University: Southeastern Staff Association Announces Awards
DURANT, Oklahoma, June 18 -- Southeastern Oklahoma State University issued the following news: Four individuals have been recognized with awards from the Southeastern Staff Association in 2020. Tiffany Tate, coordinator of disability services, was selected as the Storm Rookie of the Year. She has been at the University for two years, and in her current role for a year. She works with students, faculty, and staff to ensure accessibility inside and outside of the classroom. Receiving the Outsta  more

Tulsa Mayor Bynum Selects Michael Baker as Tulsa's 12th Fire Chief
TULSA, Oklahoma, June 16 -- Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum issued the following news: Michael Baker, former Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Tulsa Fire Department, was chosen Monday to serve as Tulsa's 12th Fire Chief. He will take his post effective Tuesday, June 16. "Out of several exceptional public servants who put forth their names to serve as Tulsa's next Fire Chief, I have decided Michael Baker is the best person to lead the Tulsa Fire Department moving forward," Mayor Bynum said. "M  more

University of Oklahoma Board of Regents Approves FY21 Budget Holding Norman Campus Tuition Flat for Third Consecutive Year
NORMAN, Oklahoma, June 20 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents met to approve the budget for fiscal year 2021, the installation of antimicrobial devices in the residence hall towers on the Norman campus, an online delivery option for the master of business administration and other items. During the meeting, which was conducted virtually for the first time, the Regents approved the university's fiscal year 2021 budget. For   more