Art in the OK Capitol: “The Last Farewell of Will Rogers and Wiley Post”

“The Last Farewell of Will Rogers and Wiley Post”

All session this year, I will try every week to post a picture I take of a piece of art from the walls of the Oklahoma Capitol, and give you a little bit of historical background.

This week’s piece is “The Last Farewell of Will Rogers and Wiley Post” by Mike Wimmer and donated by the Sisk Foundation in 2004.    It hangs just off the Senate Floor, in the hallway to the east.    I would imagine that Will Rogers has more imagery in the Capitol than any other person, and this scene depicts the final day of his life in 1935, as he and Wiley Post depart Fairbanks, Alaska.   Post (the namesake of the elementary school I attended) and Rogers died later that day in a plane crash.

For more information from the Senate regarding this painting, click here.

Update on House bills moving through the Senate

I’m the Senate author of two bills with Speaker T.W. Shannon – one to require able-bodied adults without dependents to work for SNAP, and another to promote marriage.   We have jumped over our first hurdle in the Senate.   Here are reports from the Associated Press and the Tulsa World.

Fox 25 reports on Senator Holt’s bill to lower retail prices

Tonight, Fox 25 reported on Senator David Holt’s legislation to allow Oklahoma consumers to pay lower retail prices.   You can watch the story here.

Art in the OK Capitol: “Will Rogers″

“Will Rogers”

All session this year, I will try every week to post a picture I take of a piece of art from the walls of the Oklahoma Capitol, and give you a little bit of historical background.

This week’s piece is “Will Rogers” by Boris Gordon.    It hangs in the Senate Lounge, to the east of the Senate Floor.    It is one of many images of Rogers in the State Capitol, but it may be one that is seen the least, as the Senate Lounge is technically for the use of Senators only.

Rogers posed for this portrait in 1931, four years before his untimely death.

If you don’t know who Will Rogers was, or it’s been a while since you have been acquainted, then get to work.

SHINE

Yesterday I made remarks for a documentary on Commissioner Brian Maughan’s SHINE program.

As you see behind me in this picture, Brian finds the places that Oklahoma City has forgotten.  This location is just a mile west of downtown OKC, but it’s a source of crime and fear for the neighboring school and residents.

The SHINE program allows judges to sentence criminals to clean these areas up, and I was pleased, along with Rep. Gary Banz, to carry the legislation, known as the Safari McDoulett Act, that makes SHINE possible

KOSU reports on legislation by Senator Holt

KOSU reports today on SB 327, Senator David Holt’s bill to repeal smokers as a protected class.   You can listen to it here.

Update from the Senate

This past week was the deadline week for Senate bills to be considered in the Senate, before they make their journey to the House.   In the end, I had eight bills pass the Senate and advance to the House.   Here is a brief description of each:

 

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 protect the presidential choice of Oklahoma voters if a presidential elector violates their oath (more on this here)

A bill to ensure state agencies are following competitive bidding act

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

 

Now, the Senate will begin considering House bills in committee, as we hurtle towards the end of session, now 2.5 months away.

Art in the OK Capitol: “The Osage Treaty of 1825″

“The Osage Treaty of 1825″

All session this year, I will try every week to post a picture I take of a piece of art from the walls of the Oklahoma Capitol, and give you a little bit of historical background.

This week’s piece is “The Osage Treaty of 1825” by Mike Wimmer.   It was donated by The Tulsa World and the Robert Lorton Family in 2001.   It hangs just outside the Senate Chamber on the 4th floor, above where the lobbyists congregate.

As an Osage myself, I am particularly fond of this painting, which depicts the scene in 1825 when the Osage reached agreement on a treaty to establish boundaries to their land, in hopes of limiting conflict with the Cherokees.

Here is more information from the Oklahoma Senate.

Transparency

Today, Rep. Jason Murphey and I spoke to the 2013 “Sunshine Conference” at the University of Oklahoma.   I continue to fight for more transparency in the Legislature, and I’m pleased to be the Senate author of several of Rep. Murphey’s transparency bills.

This week…

This week was a big one for me, as I passed out of the Senate two bills that I’m very passionate about.   The first was SB 1001, the Parent Empowerment Act.   You can read about that here, here, and here.   The second one was SB 550, my bill to lower retail prices for Oklahomans by allowing the free market to dictate prices, not the Legislature.   You can read about that here.   Next week I’ll be running more bills as we get approach the deadline for the Senate consider bills authored by Senators.

Journal Record: “Bill would regulate lawn growth, debris”

The Journal Record has a story on Senator David Holt’s bill to make it easier for communities to combat high weeds.   You can read it here.

Senator Holt Op-Ed in “The Okie”

Senator David Holt has an op-ed in The Okie about SB 309, which protects the integrity of the Presidential election system in Oklahoma.   You can read it here.