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This past Thursday, we hit the March 11 deadline for the full Senate to vote on bills that were originally introduced in this chamber and that survived the committee process. In this final week of floor votes on Senate measures, we voted on just over 250 bills, working long days and well into the evenings. But when all was said and done, we passed a lot of good legislation that will benefit hard working Oklahomans right here in Senate District 27.
This week is a big week for folks in the newspaper industry. This week we celebrate “Sunshine Week.”
We’re about a quarter of the way through the legislative session at this point. Out of the 1,987 House bills and joint resolutions filed this session, only 503 – about a quarter – made it out of committee.
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.