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Proposed Bill Would Increase Incentives For Film Productions In Oklahoma

Feb 20, 2019
A scene from “Whaling,” shot on location in Catoosa.
Courtesy Sean McEwen

An Oklahoma Senate Bill has been filed that would offer more incentives to filmmakers and producers who bring their projects to the state. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses why some proponents view this bill as a front door to economic development. 

A couple rides a water scooter on Lake Thunderbird east of Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

An internal audit at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department found fraudulent employee time cards, misappropriation of funds and failure to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Clinton, Oklahoma, resident Cindy Box and her Horse, Rosie, at Foss State Park.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

In March, the legislature asked state agencies how they would deal with worst-case budget reductions of nearly 15 percent. A cut that deep at the Department of Tourism could cost Oklahoma half of its state parks.

The Department of Tourism has been in the same building as Commerce since August 2015 at 900 N. Stiles Ave. in Oklahoma City. A proposal in the Legislature would formally consolidate the two agencies.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

A state lawmaker wants to merge two of Oklahoma’s most visible agencies, but neither thinks it’s a good idea.

Last August, the Oklahoma Department of Tourism found itself homeless and moved in with the state Department of Commerce. Since then, they’ve decided to merge vehicle fleets, share some staffers and collaborate on marketing.

Tucker Tower is an 80-year-old landmark along the shores of Lake Murray.

State tourism officials are considering plans for an outdoor sports shooting complex at Lake Murray State Park, the oldest, largest and most popular state park in Oklahoma.

The proposal has generated some complaints that a gun range could disturb the ambiance of the park.

The shooting range, modeled after one being built in South Carolina, would be located next to a new state lodge now under construction in the 12,500-acre park.

Justin Stratford and several of his nieces and nephews play in Lake Thunderbird on a road trip from Arizona.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The $7.1 billion state budget Governor Mary Fallin signed in June 2015 included deep cuts to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation — the agency that runs the state park system. That could mean some parks will have to be closed or transferred to new operators, and some eastern Oklahoma lawmakers are fuming.

Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has released a 75-page guide highlighting the state's black history and culture.

The brochure, "Long Road to Liberty: Oklahoma's African American History and Culture," explains the influence black history had in shaping the culture of Oklahoma dating back before statehood.

Copies of the brochure are free and can be ordered online.