Category: Legislative Updates

Lawmakers request more than 3,810 bills for 2021 session (eCapitol)

(eCap) House and Senate members requested more than 3,810 bills and joint resolutions for possible consideration during the 2021 legislative session.

Some 2,141 drafting requests for bills and joint resolutions were submitted in the House and 1,672 requests were submitted in the Senate, according to officials in each chamber, for a total of 3,813 requests. Senators also request three concurrent resolutions. Bills and joint resolutions are subject to the deadlines for consideration in each chamber. Concurrent resolutions are not. Friday was the deadline for members to submit bill drafting requests.

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Pro Tem Treat announces committee chairs, vice chairs (Oklahoma State Senate)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat on Tuesday announced his appointments of chairs and vice chairs of Senate committees. Treat also announced Republican committee assignments.

Treat said an important change to committees this session is on the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Treat has named as members of that committee senators who represent military facilities in the state of Oklahoma.

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All House members named to redistricting committees (The Journal Record)

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall appointed all House members to redistricting committees Monday.

“House members work directly for the people,” said McCall, R-Atoka. “Because these are the people’s districts, the House is putting the people in charge of the redistricting process. “With this approach, more Oklahomans than ever are involved in their redistricting. This process has the highest level of accountability for the people because they directly elect their representatives.”

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April 14, 2020: Legislative limbo: Many ‘good bills’ will have to wait until next session (Journal Record)

The coronavirus pandemic has likely put to an end any further consideration this year of numerous bills that had been progressing in the Oklahoma Legislature prior to mid-March.

Before meeting last week in an extraordinary special session called to affirm a state health emergency and to give Gov. Kevin Stitt broad authority to coordinate a response to the pandemic, lawmakers had not met at the Capitol since March 17. The building has remained nearly dormant since as lawmakers, like other Oklahomans….

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March 30, 2020: Oklahoma to receive $1.25B in relief (The Journal Record)

Cities and states battered financially by the COVID-19 pandemic will get some help under terms of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the approximately $2.2 trillion relief package passed by Congress and signed into law last week by President Donald Trump.

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The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated Oklahoma is expected to receive about $1.534 billion in stimulus funds.