State Sen. Jim Reynolds is urging Oklahomans to mail or email petitions to U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to help secure an appropriate location for a U.S.S. Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Sen. Inhofe, who supports the project, said the more public support he receives, the better the chance he’ll have of convincing fellow members to get behind the project.
Oklahoma Senators Wednesday sent legislation strengthening Oklahoma’s laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors to the desk of Governor Brad Henry.
State leaders estimate that Senate Bill 1256, if signed into law by the governor, will protect $7 million in federal funding the state receives for substance abuse programs managed by the Department of Mental Health, said Senator Ben Robinson, author of the bill.
A bill to bring art to communities across the state has won final legislative approval. Sen. Penny Williams, D-Tulsa, is principal author of the “Art in Public Places Act.” She said the measure will enrich the state’s cultural development—an investment that will enhance quality of life and boost economic development.
Senator Charles Ford announced the dedication of another original painting depicting a moment in Oklahoma’s rich history. The painting, titled “The Butterfield Stage at Boggy Creek” by artist Joe Beeler of Sedona, Arizona, was unveiled during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber this afternoon.
Senate Republican Leader James A. Williamson, the architect of the “Marriage Protection Constitutional Amendment,” praised the House of Representatives for passing House Bill 2259 Thursday on a 92 to 4 vote.
“This is a proud day for the people of Oklahoma and for the Oklahoma Legislature, and I want to thank the House of Representatives for its quick consideration of the Marriage Protection Amendment,” stated Williamson, R-Tulsa.
“Oklahomans deserve the right to vote to protect traditional marriage, and they’ll get a chance to do so this November,” he said.read more.
Senator Charles Ford announced the unveiling of a portrait of “The Buffalo Skinner’s Cart,” by Gordon Snidow, is the latest in a series of paintings commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.
Snidow has been the foremost storyteller of the contemporary cowboy for over forty years and is one of America’s outstanding fine artists.
The State Senate has given its final approval to a measure to attract high-paying manufacturing jobs to the state. Sen. Jay Paul Gumm is principal author of Senate Joint Resolution 54, which is aimed at bringing firearm manufacturing to Oklahoma.
“There are parts of the country that are hostile to gun manufacturing. What we want to do is get the word out that we welcome these jobs. Oklahoma has a great western heritage and a college that has a top-notch gunsmith program. We want these companies to know we’d be a perfect fit,” said Gumm.
A work of art depicting one of the most prestigious scientist’s of the late 19th and early 20th century will now grace the walls of the State Capitol, according to Sen. Charles Ford, R-Tulsa.
A portrait of George Washington Carver in Tulsa, an African American who revolutionized the research methods and agricultural processes of the day was dedicated today in the Senate Chamber. Artist Mike Wimmer of Norman created the painting, which was sponsored by Sen. Maxine Horner, D-Tulsa.
Gov. Brad Henry has given the green light to legislation cracking down on movie piracy. Senator Glenn Coffee is principal author of the measure and said it will give local law enforcement the authority to go after people who illegally videotape movies.
“This is a huge problem for the film industry. The Motion Picture Association of America estimates losses of $3 billion last year because of this type of theft and it’s expected to climb even higher,” explained Coffee, R-OKC.
UPDATE: Dems Seeking to Stop Gay Marriage Ban Vote in Oklahoma
Former Democrat Governor David Walters has joined efforts by state Democrat leaders to keep the people of Oklahoma from voting on the Marriage Protection Constitutional Amendment at this fall’s general election.
In a recorded phone message to voters, Walters asks citizens to call House Speaker Larry Adair (D) and demand that he kill House Bill 2259, which would send the Marriage Protection Constitutional Amendment to a vote of the people in the November general election.read more.
Senator Charles Ford announced the unveiling of a portrait of Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, the latest in a series of paintings commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc. The portrait by nationally- renowned artist Mike Wimmer of Norman, was unveiled during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber this afternoon.
“Ambassador Kirkpatrick is an amazing woman who has accomplished many feats in her lifetime. She is truly an inspiration to many women and men alike,” said Senator Ford, President of the Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.
Senate President Pro Tempore Cal Hobson and House Speaker Larry Adair Monday announced plans to study the issue of deregulation of telecommunications in the coming legislative interim.
The announcement effectively shelves Senate Bill 1119 in this Legislature.
Gov Brad Henry has signed legislation to make sure out-of-state sex offenders with Oklahoma spouses don’t evade the state’s sex offender registry.
The legislation also shortens the amount of time convicted sex offenders have to register with the Department of Corrections and local police, from three days to two days.
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm is principal author of Senate Bill 1096. Gumm filed the bill in response to a constituent who was concerned about the safety of his grandchildren.
Despite efforts by the Democrat leadership throughout the legislative session to kill the issue, the Senate passed a bill that sends to a vote of the people a constitutional amendment defining marriage in Oklahoma as only between one man and one woman and prohibiting the state from recognizing homosexual marriages performed outside Oklahoma.read more.
About 30 of the remaining 149 survivors of the attack on the U.S.S. Oklahoma have come to Oklahoma City for their annual reunion. On Thursday morning some of those veterans came to the State Capitol to be honored by lawmakers. Later, at a press conference, they shared their frustrations in trying to secure a permanent memorial for the U.S.S. Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.
Senator Jim Reynolds has been working with the group for two years on the project. He said it is high time for the U.S.S. Oklahoma to have the kind of memorial the ship and crew deserved.
Senator Charles Ford announced the unveiling of a portrait of Admiral William J. Crowe, the latest in a series of paintings commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc. The portrait by nationally- renowned artist Mike Wimmer of Norman, was unveiled during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber this afternoon.
The State Senate approved House Bill 2661 Wednesday, officially sending the measure to a House-Senate Conference Committee.
The 23 members of a special House-Senate committee on tort reform are scheduled to hear testimony in the first of four scheduled open hearings at 1 p.m. Thursday. Senator Mike Morgan and Representative Jari Askins will serve as co-chairs of the committee.
Senator Frank Shurden, a Democrat from Henryetta, today called organizations like the Coalition to Ban Cockfighting, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the U.S. a “bunch of phonies.”
“They really don’t give a damn about animals or chickens,” Senator Shurden stated. “They are only interested in punishing people.”
Shurden said the City of Oklahoma City confiscated about 90 chickens 75 days ago on January 29, 2004 from a poor Mexican-American family.
State Representative Mary Easley is now Senator Mary Easley. The Tulsa Democrat was officially sworn in during a ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday. Friends and family members were present in the Senate Chamber as State Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala administered the oath of office.
The Oklahoma State Senate voted 41-1 Thursday in favor of legislation that calls for the issuance of revenue bonds to help Oklahoma “catch up” on state matching funds for endowed chairs at the state’s colleges and universities.
The measure, which was amended by the Senate, will now return to the House of Representatives. read more.