McCall approves all interim study requests
(QC) House Speaker Charles McCall announced Friday he had approved all his members’ interim study requests.
The 82 study requests approved by McCall, R-Atoka, include eight proposed joint studies with senators:
• IS H22-002, Oklahoma Rural Development Through Industrial Hemp (cannabis) Production, requested by Rep. David Smith, R-McAlester; Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee; Rep. Danny Williams, R-Seminole; Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa; Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Oklahoma City; Rep. Trish Ranson, D-Stillwater; Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro; Rep. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington; and Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa. The study was assigned to the House Alcohol, Tobacco, and Controlled Substances Committee.
• IS H22-013, Open Meeting Act, requested by Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton; Fugate; and Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus. The study was assigned to the House Government Modernization Committee.
• IS H22-022, Impact of sex education in schools and the sexualization of minors, requested by Williams; Rep. Sherrie Conley, R-Newcastle; and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant. The study was assigned to the House Common Education Committee.
• IS H22-030, Reduce and Eliminate Personal Income Tax, requested by Rep. Mark Lepak, R-Claremore. The study was assigned to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.
• IS H22-035, Public Infrastructure Districts (PIDS), requested by Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa; and Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow. The study was assigned to the House Business and Commerce Committee.
• IS H22-037, Review funding for Oklahoma court system focusing on district courts, requested by Williams and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Roger Thompson. The study was assigned to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.
• IS H22-047, Quality of life for women in Oklahoma, requested by Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay; and Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan. The study was assigned to the House Public Health Committee. Garvin also received approval for IS S22-012, Making Oklahoma a Top Ten state for women, which was assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. [Editor’s Note; See related story, Interim study to focus on making Oklahoma a ‘Top 10 State’ for women]
• IS H22-056, Talent Attraction in Economic Development, requested by Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, and Garvin.
McCall said House committees will begin scheduling studies between August and November. Some similar studies may be combined at a later date, he added.
Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat approved 41 of his members’ 60 interim study requests.
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Author- Shawn Ashley
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