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Murdock's Minutes

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,...

 

Murdock's Minutes

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...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Current budget shortfall of $416 million; make the census count for Oklahoma

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to worsen throughout the nation and in Oklahoma. Nationwide, more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases were reported as of Sunday, and the death toll was approaching 8,000. All those numbers are expected to keep climbing....

 

Murdock's Minutes

Late last week, Congress passed a $2 trillion relief bill to help individuals, families, businesses and states in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The package includes $150 billion in emergency funding for state and local governments, including at...

 

Murdock's Minutes: First, don't panic; use common sense and be a good neighbor

There have been a lot of changes in the state in just the past week due to COVID-19. But first and foremost, I continue to tell people not to panic. Yes, be careful about spreading germs by practicing good hygiene. Cover your mouth when you cough,...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Senate sends 384 bills to House; begins work on 411 bills from House

This past Thursday was the deadline for floor votes in the Senate on bills that were introduced in this chamber. We’ve had some long days in recent weeks as we voted on hundreds of bills, first in committee and then on the floor. As of our deadline...

 

Murdock's Minutes

I’m sure some of you may be wondering if there’s anything new regarding the William S. Key Correctional Center being targeted for possible closure. Back in January, I told you that the state was looking at closing five prisons, including William...

 

Murdock's Minutes

Last Thursday was the deadline for Senate committees to vote on legislation that was introduced in this chamber. There were more than 800 bills filed, and more than 400 of them were approved by our various committees and are now available to hear on...

 

Murdock's Minutes

There’s a lot going on at the Capitol right now, with bills coming through committee and starting to make their way to the floor. This past week, I chaired the first meeting this session of the Senate Agriculture Committee. We approved Senate Bill...

 

Murdock's Minutes

The 2020 legislative session is now underway, and over the next four months, we’ll debate and vote on hundreds of pieces of legislation and write and pass a balanced budget. On the first day of the session, we gathered in a joint session to hear...

 

Murdock's Minutes

The holidays are behind us now, and the new year has begun. I wish each of you health and happiness throughout 2020. As we get closer to the start of the new legislative session in February, I’ve continued holding town hall meetings throughout the...

 

Murdock's Minutes

Although the beginning of the 2020 session is still a couple of months away, I’ve been working both at the Capitol and here in District 27 preparing for the tasks ahead. Just as I did last year, I will be holding a series of town hall meetings...

 

Murdock's Minutes

On Nov. 1, more than 300 new laws officially took effect in Oklahoma, including one affirming our Second Amendment rights. Despite legal attempts to block Oklahoma’s constitutional carry legislation, it is now the law and on the books. This past... Full story

 

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