We hit a major milestone for the legislative session this month – March 11 was the deadline to hear bills that were introduced in our chamber. At the close of business that day, we’d approved a little more than 450 of the approximately 1,050 measures that were originally filed for consideration at the beginning of session.
While most bills must be introduced before session begins, a different type of legislation, called a resolution, may be filed at any point during the session. These measures don’t hold the weight of law, but can be “adopted” by the Senate to show the will of the majority of our chamber on a number of issues.
We recently voted to adopt Senate Resolution 9, which urged the United States Senate to reject House Resolution 1, also known as the “For the People Act of 2021.” This national legislation would create a federal takeover of state elections, violating our state sovereignty and ability to govern our own election systems. Oklahoma has one of our nation’s most safe and secure election systems thanks to the hard work of our state and local election workers and volunteers, and the passage of H.R. 1 would be extremely detrimental to many of the provisions in place to ensure an effective and efficient voting system.
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