New Law Protects Consumers Who Need Home Repairs

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy A new state law will provide greater oversight of the roofing industry beginning Nov. 1. Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R), the measure requires roofing contractors to register annually with the state Construction Industries Board and to display their company’s name and phone number at job sites and on vehicles—which could deter fraud. The law also calls for educational standards for roofers. Violations carry stiff penalties. AARP supported the legislation as part of its continuing efforts to crack …

Oklahoma Aging Partnership (OAP) Releases Annual Legislative Report on Aging Issues

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Advocacy The Oklahoma Aging Partnership (OAP) today announced the release of its annual legislative report on newly enacted legislation impacting the lives of older Oklahomans. Click HERE to read the full report.   The OAP is a non-partisan coalition comprised of AARP Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Alliance on Aging, the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature Alumni Association and the Oklahoma State Council on Aging.   The 2014 Legislative Report on Aging Issues details four OAP-endorsed caregiving, safety and nursing home bills. These proposals …

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 …