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Murdock's Minutes

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...

 

Murdock's Minutes

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...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Legislators optimistic about FY2021 budget

Writing and approving a balanced budget is the most important responsibility the constitution places on the Legislature.  Back in February, we knew we’d be facing a budget gap of about $85 million because of low energy prices.  But revenue...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Legislators back at work; Capitol building open to public

On Monday, May 4, members of the House and Senate returned to the Capitol to resume floor work on the 2020 legislative session. We still have a number of policy bills to address, executive nominations to complete, and we must finalize the 2021...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Legislators grapple with budget

First, I want to say how pleased I was with the decision to begin opening our state’s economy up again. This is a common-sense approach that uses scientific data to get our businesses up and running, along with other activities of day-to-day life....

 

Murdock's Minutes: Restarting economy a positive development

I was very pleased to hear reports last week from the White House and the governor’s office that our leaders are looking at various plans for re-opening our economy. They are formulating these plans utilizing reliable information from health...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Senate to conduct official business online, livestreamed at oksenate.gov

Even though we’d been meeting via teleconferencing and videoconferencing in the days leading up to our session work on April 6, we could not hold any official committee meetings or conduct official meetings of the full Senate, because the rules of...

 

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