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Murdock's Minutes

As I’ve watched the news from across the country, I’ve seen crimes going up while politicians continue to say the crime rate is dropping. Just because states around the country have softened their laws on what a felony is, it doesn’t mean the c...

 

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We’ve now concluded work on the budget and policy legislation, and wrapped up the 2021 session at the Capitol. One of my final measures to present was Senate Bill 270, which updates various state laws related to veterinary medicine in the state...

 

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The most important job of the Legislature is to write and approve a balanced budget. I would go beyond that and say we have a responsibility to the citizens of this state to prioritize the fundamental core services of government, make targeted...

 

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You may remember a few weeks ago, I was author of concurrent resolution celebrating the importance of the production of beef, pork and poultry in Oklahoma. Combined, these producers contribute $18...

 

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We’re now in the closing weeks of the session, and work continues on the state budget daily. On the floor, we’re continuing to vote on bills that have come through conference committee – these are bills that were passed in slightly different...

 

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Under Oklahoma’s Constitution, the Legislature must complete its work by no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May. That means we’re in the closing weeks of the session. At this point, we’ve passed deadlines for floor votes on bills from...

 

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We’re coming up on the next big deadline for action on most bills. April 22 is the last day for the Senate to vote on legislation sent over from the House, and the last day for them to consider bills we sent over. There are a few exceptions to...

 

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Increasingly, I’ve been hearing from citizens worried about foreign investors attempting to purchase land in Oklahoma. More specifically, the concern is that they are buying up Oklahoma land to grow medical marijuana. Talking to my fellow members...

 

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Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our work in the Legislature. Many good bills filed a year ago, including some of my own, wound up being laid over after the building was closed for several weeks in order to prevent spread o...

 

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As chair of the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, and as someone who has made a living as a rancher, I know the critical role agriculture plays in our state – it’s our second largest economic driver, and it’s a fundamental part of our...

 

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The seventh week of the legislative session often feels like the calm after the storm. Having passed the week six deadline for voting on bills introduced in our chamber, things quieted down a bit. The bills that were approved by the full House are...

 

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This has been an extraordinarily busy time in the Senate as our members worked to complete votes on legislation in the Appropriations Committee by the March 3 deadline. We also continued working toward the March 11 deadline for full Senate votes on...

 

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There’s a famous quote from Oklahoma’s most famous son, Will Rogers, who once said if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change. That statement may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. It’s amazing to...

 

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Week 3 of the 2021 session is behind us, though the historic snowstorms and arctic temperatures stalled-out committee and floor votes for the first three days. Looking at all the weather forecasts, I had already headed back to Oklahoma City on...

 

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We’ve completed the second week of the 2021 legislative session. We’ve continued to focus on getting bills through committee ahead of the Feb. 25 deadline, with a few bills starting to move to the floor for consideration as well. Icy road...

 

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The 2021 legislative session is now underway. On Monday, we met in a joint session with the House to hear Gov. Stitt’s annual State of the State Address, which gives him the opportunity to outline his budget and policy priorities for the session....

 

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Thursday, Jan. 21, was the deadline for filing bills to be heard in the upcoming legislative session. Members of the Senate filed 1,035 bills and 26 joint resolutions ahead of the 2021 session that begins on Feb. 1. Even though we continued to work...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Redistricting town hall in Woodward Jan. 13

The first session of the 58th Legislature is now just a few weeks away, and preparations continue at the Capitol. I am very happy to share that I’ve been asked by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat to continue to serve as chair of the Senate A...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Preparation begins for 2021 legislative session

In a year of unexpected events, I don’t think anyone had predicted Oklahoma would be hit by historic ice and snow storms in October. Although the State of Emergency that Gov. Stitt declared includes all the counties in Senate District 27,...

 

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This past week, an interim study I requested on the rules and regulations for Oklahoma meat processing facilities was held at the state Capitol. I believe increasing investment in these businesses will lead to more jobs and opportunities for rural...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Rural broadband council gets underway

Oklahoma got some great news in August. Our state has gone from being ranked 49th in the nation to now being named a Top Ten state for the condition of our highway system bridges. In 2004, a shocking 1,200 of our 6,800 highway bridges in Oklahoma...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Grants available for meat processors; unemployment benefit problems addressed

As our government and private sectors work to respond to the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting each of us, one of those of tremendous concern to northwestern Oklahoma is the adverse effect the virus has had on our state’s food supply...

 

Murdock's Minutes: As we move into Phase 3, keep following health guidelines

I want to continue to remind everyone that even though Oklahoma has moved into Phase 3 of the governor’s plan to open up our state and our economy, the COVID-19 virus has not gone away. Please continue to follow health guidelines on hygiene,...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Legislature passes budget, anti-red flag law; Guymon becomes COVID hotspot

While the state’s constitution mandates that Legislators must complete their work no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May, we completed action on bills before that deadline. It was certainly the most unusual one any of us have ever seen, as...

 

Murdock's Minutes: The budget explained

When the 2020 legislative session convened last February, no one could have predicted how quickly so many things would change here in Oklahoma because of COVID-19. While we’ve passed legislation to help with Oklahoma’s response and given approval...

 

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