Visitors to the Senate

 

Today, George and Maggie visited the Senate floor.   Here they are, hard at work.

 

The Senate made them honorary pages for the day.

The Two Georges

We just got this picture today of George and George from our visit with President Bush in March…

The Holts with President Bush

You may recall that a couple months ago, we dedicated the “President George W. Bush Bridge” with the man himself in Dallas.

Here is a shot of the Holt family with the President that just arrived in the mail.

KWTV Channel 9 Reports on Senator Holt’s Sex Offender Bill

Last night, KWTV Channel 9 aired a report on Senator David Holt’s bill to require sex offenders to receive a court order before they are removed from the sex offender registry.   The report can be viewed here.

Tax Cuts

My view as we announced a tax cut agreement,

Last night, Governor Fallin and legislators announced an agreement to cut taxes.   Specifically, the income tax rate.   In 2013, the rate will drop from 5.25 to 4.8.   If revenues are healthy enough, the rate will drop again in 2015 to 4.5.

As the only Republican Senator who authored a tax cut in 2011, and the primary author of legislation to eliminate the income tax in 2012, I am thrilled that we are finally making progress in providing tax relief to Oklahomans.

Olympics

This week, I authored a resolution to celebrate the Centennial of Jim Thorpe’s 1912 Olympic performance.   It also provided an excuse to talk about Oklahoma’s current Olympic movement, particularly as we approach the 2012 London Olympic Games.

I was honored to host some very special guests for our resolution, SR 61.    They included two living sons of Jim Thorpe – Bill and Richard Thorpe, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, and representatives from the Oklahoma River, the Jim Thorpe Association, and the University of Central Oklahoma.

For more information, the press release and audio can be found here.

Governor Fallin Signs Senator Holt’s Welfare Reform Bill

This week, Governor Mary Fallin signed Senator David Holt’s and Rep. Guy Liebmann’s welfare reform bill, HB 2388.   The bill establishes that welfare applicants using illegal drugs will no longer be able to receive welfare cash benefits.   More coverage can be found at the Tulsa World and Channel 6 from Tulsa.

Going to College

I was honored this weekend to be elected by the Oklahoma Republican Party as one of our party’s seven electors. When the Republican ticket wins Oklahoma in November (it has every year since 1968), then I will become one of the 538 members of the Electoral College, as provided for in Article II of the U.S. Constitution.

Governor Fallin Signs SB 1875 Into Law

Today, Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 1875 into law. This bill allows all counties to create community service programs modeled on the Oklahoma County SHINE program created by Commissioner Brian Maughan. Here is more info on the bill.

Update from the Capitol

We have now entered the final month of the 2012 legislative session.

Oklahoma’s legislative session is just one long process of elimination.   Deadlines come every few weeks, and what starts as 2,000 bills ends up being just a few hundred.   We are now coming down to the final weeks, and the bills that remain are few.

Today, two Senate bills I authored headed to the Governor’s desk for her consideration.   One ensures Bricktown’s continued growth as the state’s premier entertainment district, and the other formalizes Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan’s excellent SHINE program that forces convicted criminals to serve the community in productive ways.   The latter was named for late Oklahoma County employee Safari McDoulett.

Three House bills for which I served as Senate author have been signed by the Governor.   I also have a few other Senate and House bills still working their way through the legislative plumbing.

The Legislature as a whole still faces some big decisions, most notably the budget and the much-anticipated income tax cut.   I intend to do all I can to ensure that the size of our state government does not grow and that the tax cuts are as bold and aggressive as possible.

If you have any feedback in the coming weeks, don’t hesitate to contact me at (405) 521-5636 or Holt@oksenate.gov.

 

OKC Memorial Marathon

I passed out medals yesterday at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, which has grown to be one of our city’s greatest events.

The Marathon is both meaningful and fun, and it raises a lot of money for the important work of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, where I serve on the board.