Food stamp measure advances
A bill intended to close a federal loophole in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called the food stamp program, won approval Thursday from a House panel. House Bill 2014, by Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, would make people ineligible to receive SNAP benefits if they have more than $5,000 in cash, bank account funds, savings bonds or certificates. The House budget subcommittee on public health and social services voted 7-0 to pass HB 2014. It now goes to the House Human Services Committee.
Bond cap legislation advances
House Bill 2195, by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, to establish a cap on the state's bond debt, has won approval from a House committee. Under the bill, a new requested bond could not push the amount of the state's total bond debt over the current level of about $2 billion. The House Appropriations and Budget Committee voted 18-0 to pass HB 2195. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide if it should advance to the full House.
Bill would place moratorium on fees
The House Appropriations and Budget Committee has passed a measure that would place a moratorium on fees paid to state agencies for services. House Bill 1914, by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, would place a moratorium on all agencies and prohibit them from creating or increasing fees through Jan. 1, 2016. Since 2007, state fees have increased by $113 million, or 38 percent. HB 1914 passed 17-1. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide whether it should be heard in the House.
Banking fraud investigator wins award
The state attorney general's office on Thursday honored Elaine Dodd, a banking fraud investigator, with the 2013 Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award. She was recognized for her work on behalf of Oklahoma seniors and defrauded customers. Dodd, of Edmond, is the vice president of the fraud division at the Oklahoma Bankers Association. The division is the only banking association fraud division in the nation. The award is named for the late KFOR-4 journalist Brad Edwards.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU