Last Sunday our nation observed Memorial Day in the midst of a global pandemic that has roiled the entire globe.
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The way we all conduct business has changed due to COVID-19, with millions finding themselves without a stable income. Just last week, Oklahomans filed more than 68,000 jobless claims with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) during the week ending May 2.
The House in early May passed a $7.7 billion general appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2021. The governor first vetoed three of the appropriations bills that supported the budget. When those bills got overridden with votes in the House of 97-3, 95-5 and 94-4, he vetoed the entire budget. In what was perhaps the fastest veto override in state history, the House overrode his veto within hours of it being filed. The budget is now law.
The Legislature reconvened this week after a long month off due to COVID-19.
For the past couple of weeks, Senate Committees have been meeting virtually to work through executive nominations—these are appointments by the governor to various posts in state agencies and on boards and commissions. These nominations must be approved first in committee and then by the full Senate.