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Senate Review: Working to resolve unemployment claim problems

While the Senate adjourned on May 15 by passing Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, we allowed ourselves the ability to come back to the Capitol and override any additional vetoes the governor may have...

 

Senate Review How the budget works; state retirees receive COLA adjustment

The state budget has been in the spotlight as we’ve returned to the Capitol to finish our legislative business before the constitutionally required deadline of 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May. I...

 

Senate Review: Senate and House agree on creative 2021 budget

After a series of unprecedented events over the last few months, the Senate and House have agreed to a Fiscal Year 2021 budget that protects core services to the fullest extent possible amid the...

 

Senate Review: Oklahoma still lags nation in census response

If you’ve yet to complete your census, I’d like to once again urge you to do so as soon as possible. Although we’ve seen improvement in recent weeks, Oklahoma is still behind the national respon...

 

Senate Review: Three-phase opening begins

The governor released a three-phase plan on Wednesday to reopen the state, which will have an immediate impact on businesses across District 19. The plan is based on the scientific modeling from... Full story

 

Senate Review: Billions of dollars depend on an accurate census

While our state and nation continue to focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we do not forget about the United States Census. I’ve returned my census form, and I hope...

 

Senate Review: Legislature approves use of Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act for first time in state history

The legislature convened at the Capitol on Monday to approve Gov. Stitt's declaration of a health emergency under the Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act, which was passed in 2003 in response to 9/11....

 

Senate Review: State-wide health emergency declared

The governor declared a “health emergency” on Thursday, which triggered a provision in state statute that requires the legislature to convene in a special session to confirm or deny the health...

 

Senate Review: Restrictions, work-arounds and advice from my daughter

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced a series of new temporary restrictions that will impact the daily lives of many across District 19 on Tuesday. Headlining the restrictions was the “Safer at Home” order,... Full story

 

Senate Review

As I’m sure you all know, the coronavirus pandemic has quickly swept across the United States. The virus has now been reported in all 50 states, and numbers continue to rise daily here in Oklahoma....

 

Senate Review

We have officially passed the March 12 deadline to vote on bills that originated in this chamber. These measures now head to the House of Representatives to begin the committee and floor approving...

 

Senate Review

The Senate has been busy ahead of the March 12 deadline to vote on bills that were introduced in this chamber. We considered 175 bills last week and will have more than 200 to vote on ahead of the dea...

 

Senate Review

The Senate passed an important deadline this past week. All Senate bills must have been heard in committee by February 27 in order to be heard on the floor and continue the legislative process. Our ne...

 

Senate Review

Rural health care received a boost in the Senate last week. The Senate unanimously passed a measure allowing collaboration between Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and physicians,...

 

Senate Review

The governor addressed the legislature in his State of the State address to kick off this year’s legislative session on Feb. 3. One of his biggest talking points was the introduction of his plan,...

 

Senate Review

The Capitol has been busy the last few weeks as legislators have been finalizing bill language and preparing to file their legislation by the deadline, which was Jan. 16. The final count tallied 840 S...

 

Senate Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year celebration. As we ring in a new decade, I encourage you to join me in filling out the 2020 census, which...

 

Senate review

One of the biggest responsibilities of the legislature is to determine how much money our agencies are appropriated each year. Unlike the federal government, the Oklahoma Constitution has a balanced...

 

Senate Review

It has been several weeks since I’ve last written my Senate Review column, and although we are not in session, there is still quite a bit to catch up on! Several new laws went into place on Nov. 1...

 

Senate Review

We are in the last stretch of this year’s legislative session and the governor continues to act on the bills making their way to his desk. As of the end of last week, he has received 231 Senate...

 

Senate review

This week marked the deadline to have House bills off the Senate floor. By Thursday, 255 House bills had passed off the Senate floor and 283 House Bills were reported out of Senate committees. On the...

 

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