Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tempore Designate Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, announced Monday that he is reducing the number of Senate committees and subcommittees by two, from 22 to 20. Coffee also named the Senate’s new committee chairs on Monday.
Changes to the Senate’s committee structure include:
The elimination of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
Combining two Appropriations subcommittees – Health and Social Services, and Human Services – into a single Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
“Streamlining the number of committees will help improve efficiency and make our committees more effective,” said Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
Nineteen Republican senators who each served as a committee co-chair the past two years will serve as chairmen in the GOP-controlled Senate. One new senator – former OSU president Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater – is being tapped to chair an Appropriations subcommittee.
Coffee plans to announce committee vice-chairs and other committee members within the next two weeks.
“This is one of the most intelligent and talented groups of committee chairs I have seen during my tenure in the Senate. They’ll play a critical role in advancing the Senate Republicans’ agenda of fiscal responsibility, job creation, government reform, and traditional values,” Coffee said.
The State Senate’s committees and committee chairs for the 2009 session are:
Appropriations Committee: Sen. Mike Johnson, R-Kingfisher
· Appropriations Subcommittee on Education: Sen. Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater
· Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services: Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa
· Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services: Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City
· Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation: Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
· Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary: Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore
Finance Committee: Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa
Education Committee: Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville
Judiciary Committee: Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid
Agriculture and Rural Development Committee: Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha
Business and Labor Committee: Sen. Harry Coates, R-Seminole
Energy and Environment Committee: Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
General Government Committee: Sen. Cliff Aldridge, R-Choctaw
Health and Human Resources Committee: Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond
Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee: Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton
Retirement and Insurance Committee: Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow
Rules Committee: Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman
Tourism and Wildlife Committee: Sen. Mike Schulz, R-Altus
Transportation Committee: Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City
Veterans and Military Affairs Committee: Sen. Jim Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City
For the first time in the state’s history, Republicans have the majority in the Oklahoma State Senate. Senate Republicans picked up two seats on Election Day to win a 26 to 22 majority.