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 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 2, 2021

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By the time you read this, the first session of the 58th Legislature will have adjourned sine die. We’ll come back this fall for a brief special session to approve congressional redistricting plans once we receive final census data. I also will be...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 26, 2021

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I gave some details of the state budget in my column last week. This week, I’ll give some additional information of the $8.8 billion the Legislature will appropriate for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts in July. During the pandemic we set aside...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 19, 2021

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Finally, I can talk about the state budget! An agreement was reached last week between House and Senate leaders and the governor to appropriate $8.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts in July. Now we just have to get the various budget bills...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 19, 2021

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Finally, I can talk about the state budget! An agreement was reached last week between House and Senate leaders and the governor to appropriate $8.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts in July. Now we just have to get the various budget bills...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 12, 2021

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I wanted to talk about the state budget this week, but negotiations are still underway. As you can imagine, when you have three bodies of power – the House, the Senate and the executive – all led by people with their own vision and their own sens...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 5, 2021

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The House last week passed a bill that stirred a lot of passion from members on both sides of the political aisle. House Bill 1775 is specifically designed to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our public schools and higher education instit... Full story

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We had another incredibly busy week in the House of Representatives last week as we worked to hear all of the Senate bills by the third-reading deadline. We passed several measures that I’m hoping get signed into law. I would like to discuss a coup...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We heard 115 Senate bills on the House Floor last week, and the Senate heard 117 House bills. Each chamber still has about 300 measures eligible to be considered by our April 22 third-reading deadline. Once bills pass both legislative chambers, they...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Being from a small town in northwest Oklahoma, one thing for which I’m extremely grateful is the fairness of our local news outlets. Reporters in our district are very considerate of getting all points of view on an issue. Our local papers and...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

As a state representative I’m afforded some truly great opportunities. Monday, March 29, was one of those occasions. I was invited to attend a ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center to dedicate the new outdoor “Tip of the Spear” exhibit as...

 

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Several of my House bills have made it through the committee process and been added to the floor calendar in the Senate. Others are still awaiting a hearing in a Senate committee. In the meantime, I’m working to move the Senate bills I’ve...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

I’ve been handed 18 Senate bills to present in the House. Six of these I’ve given to two freshman members. This will lighten my load, but it also will help these members gain some experience in presenting bills in committee and navigating the...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

By the time you read this, the deadline for House bills to have passed the House floor will have passed. We considered 242 bills or resolutions last week and advanced 416 to the state Senate. We’ll take a brief pause as staff on both sides of the...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

This past week was an incredibly busy one on the House floor. We heard an average of between 50 and 60 bills per day. We still have about 300 bills eligible for consideration before the March 11 deadline for House bills to be passed in the House...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House of Representatives finished hearing bills in committee this past week. The next two weeks will be devoted to hearing bills on the House floor. Of the 1,987 House bills and joint resolutions introduced this year, only 503, or 25%, made it...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Well, last week was one for the record books for most of Oklahoma. Haven’t seen snow and ice like that in a good long while, if ever. Here in the district, I received a number of reports about ranchers who had calving problems. I’m passing on...

 

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The Legislature last week passed the first bill of the session, and the governor already signed it into law. Senate Bill 1301 reinstates temporary modifications to the Open Meetings Act allowing once again for virtual meetings among state agencies,...

 

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Normally, I would be writing about the Legislature, but this week I want to focus on something very heavy on my heart – the tragic house fire that claimed the lives of four people in Waynoka, two of them firefighters. This was such a rare tragic...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

By the time you read this, the first session of the 58th Legislature will be underway. The governor starts the session each year with the State of the State address. This outlines the governor’s priorities and budget for the coming year. While...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

This past week, I and several other representatives hosted a public meeting in Woodward to discuss details of the redistricting process. Every 10 years, the Legislature is constitutionally required to redraw legislative and congressional district...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: Take heart

This may be a very different Christmas this year for many who are choosing to stay away from family gatherings because of the threat of illness. I know that may cause some feelings of loneliness or depression or even despair. But I want you to be...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

State Question 814 will be on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. If approved, it would result in an increase in money the Legislature receives annually from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET. The additional money could then be spent to help...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments State Question 805 would change 'nonviolent' offender sentencing

State Question 805 will be on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. I’m sharing some information about the question so you’ll be better informed when you get to the voting booth. This question would change the Oklahoma Constitution to prohibit the use of...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The speaker of the House recently announced that for the first time all House members will serve on a redistricting committee when it comes time to redraw our legislative districts following the results of this year’s census. This means as...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments We can't afford for you to not fill out the census

I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to please fill out the census. Federal money follows census counts. If we don’t get an accurate count of where our people live, we lose money to other counties and other states. We cannot afford to let t...

 

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