Senate Minutes

Senate Minutes

According to Oklahoma’s Constitution, the Legislature must complete its work no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May.  Right now we’re in the process of approving House amendments on Senate bills—if we accept those changes, then the bill gets sent on to the governor for consideration.  If we reject them, the author can request a conference committee to work out a compromise version of the bill.

We’re also spending more time considering scores of executive nominations—these are the people the governor has nominated to serve on various boards, commissions and other positions.  The governor chooses the nominees, but it is up to the Senate to confirm them.  

With our passage of legislation giving the governor the power to directly hire and fire directors at five of the state’s top agencies, the confirmation process is even more important.  It means we must thoroughly vet nominees as they appear before our committees to determine if that nomination should proceed to the floor.  It’s a much more robust process, and one I believe is serving the people of this state well.


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