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 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 8, 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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....

 

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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...

 

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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....

 

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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...

 

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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...

 

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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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The House was closed Wednesday and Thursday last week because of icy roads that blanketed much of the state. Our area, however, did not receive much of the desperately needed moisture. I want to give a shout out to our transportation crews and...

 

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Last week at the Capitol, we observed Rose Day. This is a day when hundreds of people gather at the People's House and deliver roses to their state representatives and senators as well as the governor and lieutenant governor. Each rose represents...

 

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This is one of the busiest first weeks to a legislative session that I've had. Session started Monday, Feb. 7, with the governor's annual State of the State Address. The remainder of the week saw a flurry of committee and other meetings regarding...

 

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'Twas the night before session, when all through the House, many creatures were stirring ... Just kidding. I'm not going to try to turn this entire poem into my column, but I can't help but feel a bit like a kid with the anticipation of Christmas mor...

 

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The state Board of Equalization met in late December, delivering an initial estimate of the amount of revenue the Legislature will have to appropriate for Fiscal Year 2023, which starts in July. The board estimated $9.1 billion in recurring revenue...

 

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First, I would like to congratulate the Timberlake Tigers for being the Class C State Champions in football this year. They had a wonderful season. I know these young men and their coaches worked hard to reach this achievement, and they deserve to...

 

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It's bill drafting time at the state Capitol. Representatives have until Dec. 10 to request bills be drafted for the 2022 legislative session, which convenes at noon on Feb. 7. This year I'm requesting several bills. One will address medical...

 

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The Legislature convened in special session Nov. 15 to finalize the redistricting process. Legislative and congressional districts, by law, must be redrawn every ten years following the U.S. Census. The goal is to make sure each district has equal...

 

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The Legislature will convene in special session Nov. 15 to finalize the redistricting process. Legislative and congressional districts, by law, must be redrawn every ten years following the U.S. Census. This year, due to Covid, census data was delaye...

 

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Wanted to give an update on several things happening in the state. First, I'm happy to see our Covid-19 numbers are going down. In the latest weekly report from the state health department, there were 8,643 new cases reported in the state. That's...

 

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The House is in the process of holding numerous interim studies on a variety of issues that could result in legislation in our next session. One of the studies I co-hosted recently focused on agriculture concerns arising from the growth of the...

 

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