Following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget and the conclusion of the 2022 legislative session, members of the Comanche County legislative delegation, including Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton; Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika; Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton; Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin; Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton; and Rep Rande Worthen, R-Lawton, said they support the historic budget that blends fiscal conservatism with targeted investments and call the legislative session a success.read more.
The Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee has given approval to Krista Ratliff to serve the remaining term of Sandra Kunz on the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission, which will end on July 1, 2023. Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, carried the nomination.read more.
Lawton area legislators, including Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton; Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika; Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton; Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin; Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton; and Rep. Rande Worthen, R-Lawton, released the following joint statement after the death of Lawton legend Albert Johnson Sr.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat on Tuesday named a new chair and vice chair of the Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee.
Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, resigned as chairman of the committee after announcing his candidacy for the Second Congressional District. Quinn will remain a member of the committee.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate and House members representing southwestern Oklahoma released the following statement, mourning the death of Edgewater Park Firefighter April Partridge on Sunday and commending the hundreds of firefighters in the region who have responded to wildfires in recent days. The delegation includes Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika; Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton; Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus; Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan; Rep. Rande Worthen, R-Lawton; Rep.read more.
On the heels of the governor’s announcement that Oklahoma is forming a partnership with Arkansas and Louisiana to create a regional hydrogen hub, the state Senate has passed two measures that would give tax credits to businesses and individuals utilizing and producing the clean and affordable energy source.
Authored by Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, Senate Bills 1857 and 1858 would support the tri-state initiative by incentivizing the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles and encouraging hydrogen engineering.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, on Thursday announced the Senate appointments to the newly created Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).
Previously, Treat named Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, as co-chair of the joint committee made up of members from the Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
The Senate appointments to JCAR are:read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY - A joint legislative committee will help prioritize proposals for state government’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
Under federal law, ARPA funds for state governments are to be used only to respond to the public health emergency and negative economic effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Such uses can include payments to state agencies, nonprofits, industry and households. They can also include investments in public infrastructure.read more.
A measure aimed at addressing school funding equity for brick-and-mortar public and charter schools passed the Senate on Thursday.
Authored by Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, Senate Bill 229, also known as the Redbud School Funding Act, would tap into more than $30 million of medical marijuana tax revenue and the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund to use the dollars as annual grants for more than 300 public school districts and brick-and-mortar charter schools that receive below average local tax revenue funding.read more.
Intrastate crowdfunding is now legal in Oklahoma after Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 568 on Monday.read more.