Bill filing has ended for the 2010 legislative session. Thursday, January 14 was the deadline for members of the Oklahoma State Senate to file legislation for the second session of the 52nd Legislature, with 1082 bills and 28 joint resolutions filed. In 2009, Senators filed 1,240 bills and 42 joint resolutions for the upcoming session. Of those, 860 Senate Bills and 38 Senate Joint Resolutions are still alive for the 2010 session. In 2008, which was the second session of the 51st Legislature, the Senate considered 1,069 new Senate bills and 769 carryover bills, along with 31 new joint resolutions and 31 carryover joint resolutions from the 2007 session.
Members of the public can read and download current legislation by going to the official State Senate website at www.oksenate.gov and following the link for legislation at the top of the homepage. Free computer training will be offered to anyone interested in learning how to track legislation online. The training will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in room 511-A. The training session can also be viewed on the Senate’s website. A third session will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 419-A.
The 2010 legislative session will officially get underway on Monday, February 1. The Senate offers streaming audio and video from the Senate Chamber, as well as from committee rooms 419-C and 511-A. Wireless Internet access is available to all Capitol visitors throughout the Senate gallery, rotunda, committee rooms, offices and press rooms.