Among media interviews this week was this KFOR appearance talking about the effect of the federal “sequester” on Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Legislature spends four months every year primarily doing two things – passing laws and making a budget for the state. The first four weeks of our session are spent hearing bills in committee – bills that may ultimately become laws. If your bill doesn’t survive that step in the process, it’s dead for the year. That process is now complete, and I have 12 bills headed to the Senate floor.
A bill to make “Black Friday” and other low-price sales legal in Oklahoma (more on this here)
A bill to create the “Parent Empowerment Act” (more on this here)
A bill to create a “Spring Cleaning Commission” (more on this here)
A bill to restore the free market to hiring and repeal the 1991 creation of a protected class for smokers
A bill to make school support employees “at-will” like private sector employees
A bill to protect the presidential choice of Oklahoma voters if a presidential elector violates their oath
A bill to ensure state agencies are following competitive bidding act
A bill to make it easier for cities to enforce codes against high weeds and to prevent wildfires
A bill to strengthen the penalties for SNAP fraud
A bill to keep sex offenders on the registry until they complete their sentence
A bill to require certain state agencies file reports justifying their expenditures and fees
A bill to create alternative dispute resolution for assisted living facilities
We are beginning to hear bills on the Senate floor. Today, we passed landmark workers compensation reform that will dramatically lower costs for Oklahoma employers. I was honored to sign on as a co-author of that bill.
I’ll also continue serving as the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies. We have already heard from many agencies that have rarely been asked to answer questions at the Legislature. That work will continue all session.