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Showing: November, 2018

President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat on Friday named the chairs and vice chairs of the Senate standing committees for the 57th Legislature. read more.

After the legislature’s unanimous approval for what would become State Question 800, and the subsequent failure at the ballot, Sen. John Michael Montgomery and Rep. Kyle Hilbert announced their intention to re-introduce the concept.

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The following is a statement from Dr. George E. Young, Sr., Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus.

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Each year, the state Senate joins 75 state entities in participating in the State Charitable Campaign (SCC) to help raise money for nonprofit organizations around Oklahoma. The Senate’s campaign ran from September through the end of October and raised a record amount of $14,545.
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State Senator Marty Quinn has begun his second term after being officially sworn in during a special oath of office ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday. 

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State Senator Brenda Stanley is now officially on the job as State Senator for District 42. The Oklahoma City Republican was sworn in during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday as friends, family and other supporters watched from inside the Senate Chamber.

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Sen. Mary Boren was officially sworn in for her first term in the Oklahoma State Senate.  The oath of office ceremony for 24 new and returning members was held at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Before seeking a seat in the Senate, Boren had a varied career that took her from work as a child advocacy lawyer to a school counselor.  She’s held positions in the administrations of two governors, the Oklahoma Department of Education, State Regents for Higher Education, and has been a tireless advocate for education, health and mental health services for Oklahomans. 

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Sen. Mark Allen has begun his third term after being officially sworn in during a special oath of office ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday. 

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State Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, has begun his second term after being officially sworn in during a special oath of office ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday. 

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State Senator Chuck Hall is now officially on the job as State Senator for District 20.  The Perry Republican was sworn in during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday as friends, family and other supporters looked on from inside the Senate Chamber.

“I am extremely grateful to the citizens of District 20 for trusting me to be their voice in the Senate,” Hall said.  “I’m looking forward to focusing on ways to create more jobs, expand our economy and generate more resources for education, public safety, and other essential, core services.”

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State Sen. J.J. Dossett has been sworn in to continue his service on behalf of District 34 in the Oklahoma State Senate.  Dossett was first elected in 2016 in a special election.  A former history teacher and coach, Dossett won re-election to his first full four-year term earlier this month and took his oath of office in a ceremony at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

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Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) will evaluate agency spending and performance

Senate President Pro Tem-designate Greg Treat on Thursday filed legislation to create a legislative fiscal watchdog office to help lawmakers better fulfill their oversight role of state agency spending and performance.

Senate Bill 1 creates the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) to provide the Legislature with objective, verified data lawmakers can then use as they consider and make critical policy decisions.
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State Sen. James Leewright was sworn into office during a ceremony held Wednesday at the state Capitol.  He was re-elected to the District 12 Senate in the November general election held last week.  Leewright was first elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving two years in the House of Representatives. The Creek County Republican said he was honored to be returning to the Capitol.    

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State Senator Darrell Weaver is now officially on the job as State Senator for District 24. The Moore Republican was sworn in during a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday as friends, family and other supporters watched from inside the Senate Chamber.

“I am appreciative of the citizens of District 24 for entrusting me to be their voice in the Senate,” Weaver said. “I’m looking forward to focusing on legislation that will create more jobs, expand and diversify our economy and generate more resources for public safety, education and other essential core services.”

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Sen. Thompson sworn in for second term

Family, friends and supporters looked on Wednesday as Sen. Roger Thompson was sworn in to serve another four years in the State Senate.  The ceremony was held in the Senate Chamber a week after Thompson was reelected to the District 8 seat. During Thompson’s second term he will hold one of the most powerful positions in the Capitol, serving as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Senators take oath of office


Twenty-four new and returning members of the Oklahoma State Senate were sworn into office at the Capitol Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, President of the Senate, presiding over the ceremony. The oath was administered by the Honorable Douglas L. Combs, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Tuesday Oklahoma voters went to the polls and approved State Question 794, also known as Marsy’s Law. SQ 794 passed with 78 percent approval and was the only state question approved by Oklahoma voters. Marsy’s Law places greater protection and rights for victims of crime into Oklahoma’s constitution. State Question 794 was authored by State Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, and was the fourth constitutional amendment by Sykes that Oklahoma voters have approved. Previous state questions include:

SQ 751 making English the Official Language of Oklahoma (76%) read more.