The Supreme Court of Oklahoma has spoken. Teachers will get their pay raises as scheduled. Any doubt as to whether House Bill 1023xx (the “teacher pay raise” bill) would be affected by a vote to repeal House Bill 1010xx (the revenue-raising bill) was resolved in the fifth paragraph of the Court’s ruling:
¶5 Some of the revenue raised by HB 1010xx was evidently intended to provide the funding source for increases to teacher compensation found in another bill passed during the second special session, HB 1023xx. HB 1023xx, often referred to as the "teacher pay raise" bill, was made explicitly contingent on the "enactment" of HB 1010xx. The parties to
this protest have raised questions concerning what effect a referendum petition against HB 1010xx might have on the effectiveness of HB 1023xx. The answer is none. Okla. Const. art. 5, § 3 provides that any measure referred to the people shall not take effect until approved by a majority. HB 1023xx was not made contingent on HB 1010xx's effectiveness, however, but rather on its enactment. A bill is enacted (and becomes an enactment) when it is passed by the Legislature and all of the formalities required to make it a law have been performed. As this Court implied in, the process of enactment is completed prior to any referendum on the subject enactment. at ¶¶20-25. HB 1010xx has been enacted. The
contingency requirement of HB 1023xx has been met, and it will become effective on its specified date.
Google has been very busy this summer with various updates and new tools for the classroom, and I think you’re going to love the new things that are coming!
Another valuable service to member districts: school bond support.
We will be seeing the first full-quarter numbers of Oklahoma’s new fiscal year over the next two weeks. One item that is extremely important is sales tax.
Commentary on the Budget Cuts from Financial Services Director Andy EvansThe...