Giving PSO an Open Check Book for its Flawed Smart Meter Expansion Not a Smart Idea

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy   By JOE ANN VERMILLION   AARP Oklahoma Executive Council Member       Right now, our electric company – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) – is asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to approve its flawed smart meter expansion program.  They want customers like you and me to pay for their $133 million expansion, even though their own analysis fails to show their smart meter program will reduce either operational expenses or the price of electricity for customers.   …

AARP Opposes Settlement in PSO Utility Rate Case; More than 8,000 Oklahomans Participate in Tele-Town Hall

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy More than 8,000 Oklahomans participated in a tele-town hall focused on a proposed $45 million rate increase by Public Service Company of Oklahoma. We also discussed PSO’s flawed Smart Meter expansion that will cost residential customers $133 million. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl issued the following statement in response to a proposed settlement agreement in the rate case: “AARP opposes the current settlement because it doesn’t do enough for PSO’s residential customers. PSO shouldn’t be given an open checkbook …

Thank You Governor Fallin & Legislature for Supporting Family Caregivers

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy By MARJORIE LYONS State President AARP Oklahoma   By signing Senate Bill 1536 – informally known as the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record & Enable)  Act — Governor Fallin has helped thousands of older Oklahomans and family caregivers. And for that, I want to say “thank you.” Click HERE to watch Govenor Mary Fallin reflect on signing the CARE Act and share her personal caregiving story.   SB 1536, which will become law in November, is one of the most important …

Citizens Advisory Panel Seeks Public Input on Issues Affecting Older Oklahomans at Tulsa Listening Session; AARP State President & State Director Serve on Panel

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy The Department of Human Services (DHS) Citizens Advisory Panel on Aging Issues is asking for the public’s input on issues related to elder Oklahomans.  A listening session will be held in the auditorium of Tulsa’s Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., on Wednesday, June 11 from 9:30 t0 11 a.m. AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons was appointed to the five-member panel by State Senate Pro Tempre Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl was also …

Fighting to Keep Utility Rates Affordable

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), the state’s second-largest utility, is seeking a $45 million rate increase. The proposal would raise electric bills by about $4 a month for customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours. The utility, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, plans to use some of the money to switch customers to smart meters, which monitor energy use by time of day. In a 2011 AARP survey of Oklahomans age 50-plus, 52 percent said they were extremely or very concerned …

State Senate Media: Caregiver Bill Becomes Law

Posted on 05/15/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy Released by Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division, May 15, 2014:            A new law to help keep caregivers better informed about important medical information could help reduce hospital readmissions. Senate Bill 1536, by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, which was approved by the governor, allows patients to designate a caregiver upon formal admission. The hospital must also notify the designated caregiver of the patient’s discharge and consult with the caregiver about aftercare. “Hospitals …