Normally a week before the start of the legislative session, the state Capitol is bustling with activity.
A significant ice storm can change all that.
It will be quieter than usual today at the state Capitol as most offices here will remain closed because of the ice storm that is causing dangerous driving conditions. The first session of the 52nd Oklahoma Legislature starts Monday.
Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward, as authorized by the governor, announced early today that state agencies may continue to temporarily reduce services for Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. Nonessential employees in those counties, including those at the Capitol, were sent home early Monday afternoon.
Agency directors outside the seven counties will make the decision for their agencies, said Oscar Jackson, administrator of the state Office of Personnel Management.
State employees told to stay home today will not have to use personal leave or sick time.
State employees assigned to maintain basic essential functions are to remain at work or report to work as scheduled. These include correctional officers, state troopers, Transportation Department crews and those working in hospitals, care centers and mental health facilities, Jackson said.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau