In Simple Terms
There have been 2,105 bills and resolutions introduced in the state Senate along with 3,305 in the House. Many are duplicative and will be resolved in committees, but it still looks like a busy, busy session.
The deadline for action on measures in each chamber will be March 15, then the deadline for action on measures introduced in the opposite chamber will be April 26.
In May, the legislature will act on measures returned with amendments from the opposite chamber with amendments and adjourn on May 25.
If you are interested in reviewing the bills that have been introduced and the authors go here: http://www.oklegislature.gov/
Select “Text of measures” from the drop down menu under LEGISLATION, and choose Senate or House on the next page. AS INTRODUCED is already selected, click SEARCH and wait a minute for the information to load.
Please note the state legislature website is only compatible with the internet explorer browser.
I have come to the conclusion that voter turnout in primary elections is so low because many of our neighbors do not have internet access at home. There is little media attention to actions in the legislature and most do not subscribe to out of town newspapers.
I want to challenge everyone to adopt a neighbor who is unable to be informed and share information with them. We could easily double voter turnout in our primary elections.
On March 6, Oklahoma will join nine other states in selecting the nominees to appear on the general election ballot in November for President of the United States.
The Republican ballot will likely include candidates who have dropped out. Candidates with active campaigns are Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.
I urge you to use your computer for a tool and not a toy. Investigate all of these candidates and don’t let the media choose your candidate for you.
At least four Democratic candidates have filed on the Oklahoma ballot to challenge incumbent Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.
Six Republicans, two Democrats and one Independent have begun active campaigns for U.S. Congress to fill the open seat being vacated by Dan Boren. The filing period for this race is April 11-12-13. Some could drop out or others could jump in there.
Redistricting has had a minor effect on the State Senate and State House campaigns. The southern half of LeFlore County has moved to State Senate District 1 with McCurtain County. I am sure Jerry Ellis will seek re election, but this is an opportunity to send another LeFlore County resident to the State Senate.
Traci Barnes has announced she will challenge James Lockhart for the Democratic nomination to the State House. Everything else I have heard is rumor.
Persons interested in either the State Senate or State House offices must live in the district and be registered to vote with the party they seek to represent for at least six months prior to the filing dates. That would be before mid-October, 2011.