In just the past couple of weeks, we’ve hit two major deadlines for moving bills through the Legislature and we’re quickly approaching a third. Feb. 25 was the deadline for most committees to complete votes. March 3 was the deadline for bills awaiting action in the committee I’m vice chair of, Senate Appropriations. After a full day of voting on bills on the floor Wednesday, we acted on another 38 measures in Appropriations, successfully meeting our deadline. The next deadline coming up is March 11, for votes in the full Senate on bills that started out in this chamber.
I’m happy to update you that a measure very close to my heart was approved unanimously by the full Senate this past week. Senate Bill 1 tightens state laws on scrap metal theft, but just as importantly, the Sgt. Craig Johnson Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act, is named in memory of the Tulsa police officer who helped create the bill but was later killed during a traffic stop. It’s a privilege to be able to honor his life and service through this legislation.
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