Journal Record: “Holt’s bills are a ray of sunshine”

The Journal Record editorializes today in favor of Senator David Holt’s transparency legislation.

 

Dash Cam Transparency Bill Advancing

Senator David Holt’s bill to make all law enforcement dash cam videos a public record is advancing.   Last week it passed the Senate Rules Committee 15-1.

Here is coverage of the legislation:

Tulsa World

KFOR 1

KFOR 2

KWTV

 

Tulsa World: “Oklahoma Senate panel advances tougher Open Meeting Act”

 

The Tulsa World has coverage of Senator David Holt’s legislation to increase transparency and toughen the state’s Open Meetings Act.   It can be read here.

 

SB 1444

Just passed Senate Bill 1444 through the Senate by a 45-0 vote.   This legislation will require pictures of sex offenders on the registry to be updated at least once a year.    Thank you to constituent Chantal Morris for bringing this issue forward!

YWCA

picWhen Walmart recently asked me who would be a good recipient in OKC for a $5,000 grant, I had no hesitation in suggesting the YWCA Oklahoma City.

Was thrilled to help present the check with Walmart to Chair Marilyn Chambers and CEO Jan Peery!

Grateful for the work of the YWCA!

Oklahoman: “Oklahoma sex offender registry would be updated more often under proposal”

The Oklahoman has coverage today of Senator David Holt’s legislation (SB 1444) to update the photos on the sex offender registry.   You can read the article here.

Journal Record: “Bill Would Allow State Employees to Cash Out Leave”

The Journal Record has coverage today of Senator David Holt’s bill to allow state employees to sell back unused annual leave each year.   You can read it here.

Ralph Ellison Foundation

EllisonOne hundred years ago at 407 N.E. 1st, OKC gave the world Ralph Ellison. This weekend, we celebrated.    Ralph Ellison’s literary executor John Callahan and others spoke to Ellison’s legacy and passion for OKC.

At the gala, the new Ralph Ellison Foundation launched. Its mission is to further Ellison’s legacy, strengthen OKC’s ties to that legacy, and do good works in Ellison’s name, most notably through initiatives to increase childhood literacy.

 

News 9: “New Bill Requires Updated Photos for Sex Offenders”

 

KWTV News 9 provided coverage tonight of SB 1444, Senator David Holt’s legislation to require sex offenders to update their photos on the registry.   It can be viewed here.

Oklahoman: “Oklahoma politicians hope to outlaw gas chamber in animal euthanization”

The Oklahoman has coverage today of Senator David Holt’s legislation (SB 1729) that would end the inhumane practice of carbon monoxide euthanasia of animals.   You can read it here.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Rachel and I had a wonderful dinner last night oconnorwith Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at OCU President Robert Henry’s house.

She is an inspiration, a classy lady, and living American history.

Jim Thorpe Award

thorpeWas honored this afternoon to present this year’s Jim Thorpe Award winner to the Senate.

We’ll be watching Darqueze Dennard play on Sundays pretty soon.

Session Begins

My view for the State of the State

My view for the State of the State

Today begins the 2014 legislative session.   For the next four months, we will consider the state budget for the following fiscal year and consider many, many ideas to change our laws and make our state a better place.

As per the custom, Governor Mary Fallin kicked us off today with her State of the State address.

Amongst other things, I was glad to hear her proposal to reinstate the income tax cut passed last year.

We have moved

People of the 30th Senate District – Your embassy at the State Capitol has moved!

We’re now in Room 423.  423Come see us!

As always, you can reach us via e-mail at Holt@oksenate.gov or phone at (405) 521-5636.

Speaker’s Ball 2014

RancicRachel had a great time this weekend at the annual Speaker’s Ball.   Thanks to Speaker T.W. Shannon, we got to visit with Giuliana Rancic!