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Last week, I presented an overview of the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget, which takes effect on July 1.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down various areas within the budget to show how public dollars are being invested on behalf of our citizens.

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Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat held a Media Availability on 6/15/22 to discuss the ongoing legislative session.

Speakers:

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City

Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada

Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah

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Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat held a Media Availability on 6/13/22 to discuss the ongoing legislative session.

Speakers:

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City

Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville

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At the heart of it, the state’s budget is about the people and the services they depend on, from public safety to mental health, education, and other vital programs and services.  For the past year, I’ve been working with my Senate Appropriations subcommittee chairs, along with our counterparts in the House, to write a budget that is driven by the philosophy that the budget is not just a spreadsheet about money – it’s about people and how these investments impact lives and shape our state’s future.  What are the needs throughout Oklahoma, and how best can we me

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, said he is drafting legislation restoring powers to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission, including the ability to hire and fire the agency’s executive director and restoring oversight of contracts and financial expenditures. 

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Senate Democrats held a press conference to give an update on the 2022 legislative session. Speakers included:

Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City

Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City

Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman

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Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat held a Media Availability on 5/20/22 to discuss the ongoing legislative session.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate chamber burst into applause Friday after the unanimous final passage of a bill eliminating the state’s 13-year waiting list for developmental disability services.  House Bill 4466 provides $32.5 million, the largest funding increase to this program in state history, to clear that waitlist. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given its approval to a measure aimed at addressing Oklahoma’s nursing shortage, which has worsened as a result of the pandemic.  Senate Bill 1458  would use $55 million of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to establish grant programs to help 21 state colleges, universities, and technology centers to address this pressing need.

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Senate Democrats held a press conference to give an update on the 2022 legislative session. Speakers included:

Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa

Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City

Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa

Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman

Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City

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