Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 24

Nonprofits and Lobbying: Indeed!

We ask nonprofits who value investments in arts and culture and know they improve our state to help advocate for public funding for the arts. As a former executive director, I know that it’s hard to know the rules for advocacy and lobbying as a nonprofit. So, here’s a brief overview with links to more […]

February 16

Following the Money: Creating the State Budget

Over the next four months the legislature will be making critical decisions, including funding decisions for state agency budgets. Determining appropriations is a multi-step process, which began last October with each agency presenting their needs in their Fiscal Year 2016 (FY2016) Budget Request. After administrative review of budget requests, the FY2016 Executive Budget was prepared […] February 09

How Bills Become Laws in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Legislators introduced more than 2,000 bills last month. Now those bills make their way through (or get stopped in) the legislative process. To advocates, that process can seem confusing or convoluted at times. Thankfully the State Chamber of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Policy Institute created guides to help us understand the process. See this illustration […]

February 02

Session Convenes: Get to Know Your Legislator

Today at noon the Oklahoma Legislature convenes. At 12:30 Governor Mary Fallin will present her State of the State address (watch live on OETA). With the Legislature creating decisions affecting arts and culture, arts education and public art statewide, we need your help to educate your elected officials on the importance of the arts and […]