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Showing: November, 2018

President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat on Friday named the chairs and vice chairs of the Senate standing committees for the 57th Legislature. read more.

After the legislature’s unanimous approval for what would become State Question 800, and the subsequent failure at the ballot, Sen. John Michael Montgomery and Rep. Kyle Hilbert announced their intention to re-introduce the concept.

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The following is a statement from Dr. George E. Young, Sr., Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus.

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Each year, the state Senate joins 75 state entities in participating in the State Charitable Campaign (SCC) to help raise money for nonprofit organizations around Oklahoma. The Senate’s campaign ran from September through the end of October and raised a record amount of $14,545.
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Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) will evaluate agency spending and performance

Senate President Pro Tem-designate Greg Treat on Thursday filed legislation to create a legislative fiscal watchdog office to help lawmakers better fulfill their oversight role of state agency spending and performance.

Senate Bill 1 creates the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) to provide the Legislature with objective, verified data lawmakers can then use as they consider and make critical policy decisions.
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Senators take oath of office

Twenty-four new and returning members of the Oklahoma State Senate were sworn into office at the Capitol Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, President of the Senate, presiding over the ceremony. The oath was administered by the Honorable Douglas L. Combs, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Tuesday Oklahoma voters went to the polls and approved State Question 794, also known as Marsy’s Law. SQ 794 passed with 78 percent approval and was the only state question approved by Oklahoma voters. Marsy’s Law places greater protection and rights for victims of crime into Oklahoma’s constitution. State Question 794 was authored by State Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, and was the fourth constitutional amendment by Sykes that Oklahoma voters have approved. Previous state questions include:

SQ 751 making English the Official Language of Oklahoma (76%) read more.