Category: Legislative Updates

A look at the winners (and losers) in runoff primaries for Oklahoma legislative seats (The Oklahoman)

By Carmen Forman

Aug 25, 2022

A Republican state senator from Kingfisher survived his reelection bid Tuesday as GOP voters across the state cast ballots in a handful of legislative runoff primary races.

Two-term state Sen. Darcy Jech fended off a primary challenge from the right by leaning on his legislative record and significant fundraising advantage.

Republican primary voters also rejected two controversial legislative candidates who had a history of making discriminatory remarks.

There were 11 state legislative races on Republican runoff ballots. There were no Democratic runoff primaries for legislative seats. Five legislative races were decided by Tuesday’s elections.

To read more about the August 23rd elections, visit The Oklahoman.

McCall Approves all Interim Study Requests (Quorum Call News)

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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Date: 07/10/2022

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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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April 1, 2020: FAQ on Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill (Tax Foundation)

Congress’s latest coronavirus relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and will allocate $2.2 trillion in support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. Many people have questions about how the new law impacts their families and businesses.

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