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Carl's Capitol Comments

Our deadline to formally file legislation for the upcoming First Session of the 59th Legislature is fast approaching. I wanted to take a moment to describe several of the bills I intend to file this year. One bill would allow 14-year-olds to be...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

On the beginning of a new year, I would like to share how wonderfully blessed I was this last week and why I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! Last week, my wife and I were returning home after enjoying a wonderful Christmas Cantata in Mooreland...

 

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God spoke and there was light. Thousands of years later, the Light of the World came to dispel the darkness in which mankind lived. That Light – Jesus – dwelt among us for 33 years, teaching, ministering to, healing, driving out demons. He was cr...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

One thing people may not realize about the legislative process is how quickly things work for those newly elected to office. Those who win in the Nov. 8 general election, will have only until Dec. 9 to request drafting of bills and joint resolutions...

 

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With the Nov. 8 general election just around the corner, I want to encourage my constituents of voting age to take advantage of this most fundamental right to select who will represent them at the local, state and national level. Voting ensures your...

 

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We’re at a point in our nation where engagement in discussion over civil matters between people with opposite beliefs seems to be at an all-time low. If you watch or read the news or try to participate on social media today, we appear a fractured...

 

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The governor last week issued an executive order to release up to $3 million for drought relief to farmers and ranchers in Western Oklahoma and other parts of the state that qualify. The funds were moved from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board into...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Business owners in our House district have an opportunity to attend the Second Annual State Suppliers Expo to be held Oct. 11 in Oklahoma City. The purpose of the Expo is to encourage private business owners to do business with the state by giving...

 

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With the Supreme Court's recent decision overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the matter of abortion back to the states to decide, I've fielded a number of questions about this from my constituents. I want to offer some clarification. First, Roe v....

 

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This current drought has caused significant hardship for farmers and ranchers throughout Oklahoma. I know this is a very difficult time for many who rely on agriculture and livestock to make their living. I want to pass along some information I...

 

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You never know what tomorrow will bring nor what changes can be made in a moment of time. Nothing puts that into clearer perspective than the sight of a huge fire approaching your home. That's what the people in the Mooreland area experienced last...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 8, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Legislature adjourned regular session May 27, as we are constitutionally required to do. We are still convened in special session, adjourned to a call of the chair. The governor, meanwhile, has called us into an additional special session,...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 1, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

In my last column, I detailed parts of our state budget that will specifically benefit rural Oklahoma. This week, I'll give a broader overview of the overall budget. The Fiscal Year 2023 legislatively appropriated budget for state agencies is about...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 25, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

We sent a $9.7 billion general appropriations bill to the governor last week. He has until Thursday at midnight to take action on the measure. This budget contains a lot of stuff for the people back home in rural Oklahoma. As chair of the House...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 18, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

All focus is on the state budget this week. All parties have been involved in the discussion at this point, and while we're not in total agreement, we are close. We anticipate budget bills will be heard in our Joint Committee on Appropriations &...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 11, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

The governor recently signed three of my House bills into law. House Bill 3821 extends the sunset on apportionment of gross production tax revenue to several state agency or commission revolving funds until July 1, 2027. The apportionments were set...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 4, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

Another deadline week has come and gone at the state Capitol. April 28 was the third-reading deadline for bills to advance from the opposite chamber. In total, the Senate ended up passing 242 House measures, while the House advanced 214 Senate measur...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

I want to thank the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Railroad Department for fixing the railroad crossing at Highway 8 near Carmen. I'm glad to see that repaired. It is now in much better condition. I appreciate the work of both...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

It's bill-killing time in the Legislature. Of the 381 House bills and joint resolutions sent to the Senate, 284 have made it through committee and are now on General Order, meaning they are eligible to be considered on the Senate floor. The House,...

 

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One of the great pleasures of serving as an elected official is getting to recognize groups from home on the floor of the House of Representatives. Last week I had this honor on three separate days....

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We're at the midway point of the legislative session. The House has passed 381 bills and joint resolutions to the state Senate for consideration, and we've received 327 legislative measures from that...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House met its deadline for all measures in chamber of origin last week. This is the date by which all House bills must pass off the House floor to remain alive for this session. It was a very busy week with several long days and late evenings....

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Last week, I participated in one of my favorite activities as a lawmaker – the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) Legislative and Livestock Show held at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. I showed a goat for Randlyne Dunlap, a senior in FFA at Alva...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Last week was an incredibly busy one in the House. We heard 158 bills, passing most of those over to the State Senate for their consideration. We'll have a few long days of floor week this week and then take a short spring break to spend time with...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House finished its committee work last week, hearing hundreds of bills in packed meetings. I'm thankful all of my bills passed committee and are now eligible to be heard on the House floor. I feel like I accomplished some good work, and I'm...

 

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