According to Oklahoma’s constitution, the Legislature formally convenes on the first Monday in February, with the spotlight on the presentation of the governor’s State of the State address to the members of the House and Senate. After the ceremony and tradition of the opening day of the session, attention shifts to committee consideration of legislation.
The 2019 session was my first in the State Senate, and I used that as an opportunity to learn as much as I could about the process. Fortunately, my experience in municipal government as a city treasurer, council member and as a mayor gave me an excellent foundation and made the transition into state government much easier.
During that first session, I authored five Senate billsfour of those were signed into law and another carried over to this session. I also was principal Senate author for six bills filed in the House. Five of those were signed into law, and the sixth was carried over to the 2020 session.
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