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Redistricting is completed and our bill requests have been submitted. While we work with staff on drafting our bills, we also must continue work on the budget. This is a year-round process. As soon as a legislative session ends, work on the next...

 

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Shortly after the 2021 legislative session ended in May, leaders of the Senate and House created the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding, a bipartisan, bicameral panel tasked with vetting and making recommendations to the governor on the use...

 

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Last week, the Legislature met in special session to complete our work passing updated maps for all legislative and congressional districts. Under the law, we must keep those districts as close to the same population size as possible. In order to do...

 

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Next week, on Nov. 15, the Legislature will convene in special session to complete our work on redistricting. Every 10 years, following the year in which the U.S. Census is conducted, the members of the Senate and House have the responsibility of...

 

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Things are ramping back up at the Capitol as we begin interim studies. These are in-depth looks at specific topics that are of interest for the Legislature and may turn into legislation for the upcoming session. As the vice chairman for the...

 

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We’ve officially adjourned the 2021 legislative session, and with it we accomplished many items that will move our state forward. We focused on a number of priorities, including expanding broadband access, protecting the unborn, increasing health o...

 

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We’re officially winding down the 2021 legislative session, and with it, we’ve concluded work on the final versions of some very important policy bills that have been in progress throughout the last few months. One of these is Senate Bill 131, wh...

 

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After months of collaboration and discussion, Senate and House leadership have released the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which will begin on July 1. I’m thrilled this budget makes substantial investments in public education, to the tune of an...

 

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We’re going to start with a little good economic news this week – Oklahoma’s April tax collections rose 38 percent in comparison to April 2020 – a clear sign that our economy is recovering from the devastating impacts of the Cobif-19...

 

Oklahoma is now a Second Amendment Sanctuary State

The governor signed a historic piece of legislation this past week that I was very pleased to see get across the finish line. Senate Bill 631 is now law, which makes Oklahoma a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. Our Second Amendment rights are under...

 

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We’re now approaching the final week to approve policy measures during this legislative session. Last week, we approved about 120 of the 330 eligible measures from the House, so we’ll be working this week to hear and vote on the remainder of...

 

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We met our final committee deadline last week to advance House Bills approved in their chamber out of our Senate committees. The House sent us about 400 measures, and we approved approximately 300 of them. These bills are now eligible to be heard on...

 

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Since we met the March 11 deadline to hear Senate bills on the floor, the process has now started over, and we’ve been working on hearing House bills that were approved by their chamber in our committees. We must complete this committee work by...

 

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It’s been an extremely busy past few weeks as we worked toward the March 11 deadline to pass measures that originated in our chamber. We had a few late nights, but when it was all said and done, we passed more than 450 measures that now move to...

 

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Recovery from February’s historic winter storm has begun, and the Senate is focused on finding solutions to the high energy prices many may be facing after the brutal temperatures. Senate and House leadership, the governor, attorney general,...

 

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We’ve hit the ground running this session as we work through the more than 1,000 Senate Bills that were filed this year. Of these bills, we’ve passed 263 measures out of committee and 36 off of the floor. We still have to work quickly, though,...

 

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The First Session of the 58th Legislature is finally upon us, and the Senate, House and governor are going to have to work together to address some pressing issues in our state, many stemming from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In my opinion, the...

 

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I think we can all agree that 2021 did not begin in the peaceful and happy way that many of us had hoped. The antics of 2020 have seemingly bled into the New Year, especially on a national scale. I was appalled by the actions of the people who...

 

Senate Review: Redistricting town halls: Woodward Jan. 13, Enid Jan. 21

It was a momentous week across the state and in Senate District 19 as the Covid-19 vaccine was delivered to Oklahoma. I received an invitation from Integris Bass Baptist Hospital CEO Finny Mathew to witness the first Covid-19 vaccinations...

 

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It was a momentous week across the state and in Senate District 19 as the Covid-19 vaccine was delivered to Oklahoma. I received an invitation from Integris Bass Baptist Hospital CEO Finny Mathew to witness the first Covid-19 vaccinations...

 

Senate Review: Do your own research on SQ805, SQ814 before Election Day

It was my pleasure to welcome Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell to Enid this past week. I always enjoy when he visits northwest Oklahoma because his passion for our state is infectious. He addressed the Executive Leadership Council of Enid and the Garfield...

 

Senate Review Register to vote by Friday. It really does make a difference.

The next presidential election is now less than one month away, and the deadline to register to vote in this upcoming election is quickly approaching. If you plan to vote on Nov. 3, you must be registered to vote by this Friday, Oct. 9. Voting is the...

 

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I’d like to applaud several businesses across the district that were recently recognized by the Potts Family Foundation as a “Family Positive Workplace.” These are businesses and organizations that institute policies and practices that promote...

 

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