Oil and gas, highways, drones and eminent domain to be studied by Oklahoma legislators


From transportation to oil and gas and unmanned aerial vehicles, they will be examined in Oklahoma legislative interim studies this year.

The State House of Representatives okayed a study of transportation funding in the changing virtual environment and funding for schools. Rep. Sheila Dills asked for the study which was approved by House leadership.

A study requested by Rep. Brian Hill will delve into Transportation Electrification and planning considerations for the state. Rep. Rhonda Baker’s request for an interim study of connectivity of broadband in relation to Oklahoma schools won approval.

Also approved was a study to Examine Options for Cities and Town to secure funding to construct/repair/maintain roads & bridges that are impacted by the Energy Industry. There will also be an interim study of Eminent Domain, Just Compensation and the Landowners Bill of Rights.

The House Judiciary Committee will study Inspection Fees & Services for Federally Funded Local Government Projects let by ODOT.

In the Senate, there will be an examination of the current statutes regarding surety and financial statements for oil and gas operators as well as disposal well operators in Oklahoma. The study will be in the Energy Committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will carry out an evaluation of the County Improvement for Roads and Bridges Fund.  The Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee will do a study of Oklahoma lakes and the need for development, barriers from state and federal levels, and how the state might build better partnerships between state, federal, and private sectors.

The Business Committee will also conduct a study of the Oklahoma Air Service Development Grant Pilot program to offer financial assistance by grant to private or public entities for assisting commercial air service development.

The same committee will also do a study of Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) economic advancement and potential increase for economic development in Oklahoma.

Appropriations committee members will also conduct an interim study of Roads and Bridges: to determine funding for maintaining and improving city and county roads.

Two requests not getting House approval were for a study of the maintenance of right of way to private drives across ODOT boundaries and for Rural Connectivity and Broadband Expansion.
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