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Showing: December, 2018

Tapped to serve as Vice Chair of Select Agencies Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Scott has been chosen to serve on several key committees in the Oklahoma State Senate.  Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat recently announced the appointments.

The Duncan Republican will serve as Vice Chair of the Select Agencies Committee and is one of only 21 members to serve on the full Appropriations Committee. He will also serve as a member of the Health and Human Services and Education Committees.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State Senator Micheal Bergstrom indicated he was pleased and encouraged after the state Board of Equalization certified an estimate indicating lawmakers will have an extra $612 million to spend in the 2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1.  The Adair Republican noted the actions taken at the Capitol the last two years have put the state in a much more stable positional financially going forward. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY –   State Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman was selected this week to serve on five Senate committees for the 57th legislature by Senate Democratic Leader Designate Kay Floyd.

            The Tulsa Democrat was appointed to serve on the Education, Appropriations and Budget and Rules Committees.  She will also continue to serve on both the Senate Committee for Health and Human Services and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

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State Sen. Mary Boren has received her committee appointments for the 57th Legislature which includes the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.  Boren, D-Norman, will serve on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, the Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, the Energy Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

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State Sen. Carri Hicks has been given her committee assignments for the 57th Legislature. Hicks will serve on the Senate Education Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies.

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OKLAHOMA CITY Senate leadership on Wednesday were cautiously optimistic about next years budget after a state board certified an estimated $612 million in new funding for the upcoming budget year.

However, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Senate Appropriations Chairman Roger Thompson both said lawmakers and the public should not set unattainable expectations for next year.

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State Sen. Kevin Matthews has been named Caucus Chair for the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 57th Oklahoma State Legislature.  As Caucus Chair, Matthews will organize and preside over caucus meetings and help identify issues and legislation of importance Senate Democrats. 

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State Sen. J.J. Dossett will serve on five different Senate committees during the 57th Legislature.  Senate Democratic Leader Designate Kay Floyd has chosen Dossett to serve on the full Senate Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services, the Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, the Education Committee, and the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Designate Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, announced committee assignments today for members of the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 57th Legislature.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –   State Senator Roland Pederson has been tapped to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee for the upcoming 57th Legislature.  Pederson, R-Enid, has also been selected to serve on the Education and General Government Committees, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.

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Smalley elected Majority Caucus Chair

Appointed Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Jason Smalley was tapped by his colleagues for one of the Senate’s highest leadership roles recently when he was elected Majority Caucus Chairman.  The Stroud Republican began serving his second term last month and previously served two years in the House. 

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Following public outcry about school funding and concern over high administrative salaries, Sen. Ron Sharp filed legislation Friday to make superintendent salaries a completely local decision. Senate Bill 60 would require superintendent salaries and fringe benefits to be paid with only district (ad valorem dollars) and dedicated local funds. The bill would stop any state appropriated dollars from being used for the salaries in order for them to be diverted to the classroom.

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On Thursday, Sen. Ron Sharp filed legislation to modify several Virtual Charter School laws in Oklahoma. The 40-year retired educator said his bills are an effort to increase virtual charter school accountability and oversight.

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Legislation was filed Wednesday to eliminate a controversial program that provides free pregnancy-related care for undocumented non-citizens. Sen. Paul Scott filed Senate Bill 40 hoping to stop state funds from providing healthcare to pregnant illegal immigrants under the Soon-to-be-Sooners Program (STBS).

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State Sen. Gary Stanislawski has been chosen to chair two committees during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions—his final two years in the Senate due to term limits.  Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, will continue his role as chair of the Senate Education Committee and will also chair the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation.  He’ll also have a seat on the Senate Rules Committee as well as the Committee on Business, Commerce and Tourism, the Retirement and Insurance Committee, and the full Senate Appropriations Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –   State Senator Larry Boggs has been tapped to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee for the upcoming 57th Legislature.  Boggs, R-Wilburton, has also been selected to serve on the Public Safety and Transportation Committees, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sen. Micheal Bergstrom joined a crowd of 400 aviation and aerospace professionals and students for the second annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day on December 6 in Tulsa.  The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association, the Tulsa Airport Authority Trust, and BizJet International hosted the event at the BizJet hangar at the Tulsa International Airport.

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State Sen. Chuck Hall has been chosen for a committee leadership post for the 57th Legislature. Hall, R-Perry, will serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.  He’s also been appointed to the Full Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary, and the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –   State Senator Darcy Jech has been tapped to serve in three leadership roles for the upcoming 57th Legislature.  Jech, R-Kingfisher, has been selected to serve as the Rural Caucus Chair, as well as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services and the Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

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State Sen. Brent Howard has been appointed to four Senate committees for the 57th Legislature. Howard, R-Altus, will serve on the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the General Government Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

            The Agriculture and Wildlife Committee primarily deals with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation.

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