A Look Ahead

The state Capitol is abuzz with activity this month as we prepare for the First Session of the 55th Legislature.  Gov. Mary Fallin’s inauguration was held recently along with the swearing in ceremonies of Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Corporation Commissioner Todd Hiett, Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Treasurer Ken Miller, schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, and Insurance Commissioner John Doak.

We appointed our leadership teams and got our committee assignments.  I’m honored to have been appointed as a Majority Whip, which means I’ll let leadership know what our members’ positions are on various issues.  This session, I’ll be serving as Chair of General Government as well as a member of the Appropriations, Business and Commerce, Finance and Rules Committees as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies.

We’ll begin committee work when session reconvenes on February 2.  We’ll first meet in the House of Representatives to listen to Governor Mary Fallin’s State of the State Address and then we’ll go to our various committees to get to work on the more than 800 Senate bills that were filed.

I personally filed 39 bills this year.  They deal with a lot of issues including firearms, voter eligibility, higher education, the 2ndAmendment, agency administrative rules, retired teachers, transparency in government, and electronic data among other bill topics.  I also filed several bills repealing dozens of sections of old law.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on issues as we work our way through the legislative process.  I’m here to represent your interests and I can only do that when you share your thoughts and concerns with me.

I highly encourage everyone to visit the Senate website at www.oksenate.gov.  It provides a lot of information to allow the public to know what’s happening at their state Capitol on a daily basis and how their tax dollars are being utilized.  On the site, you’ll find press releases on the day’s major bills, audio from press conferences and interviews and daily agendas among various other services.  You can also read bills in their entirety and see amendments as they’re filed.  Remember that a bill will change many times before reaching the Governor’s desk so if you happen to not like a particular version of a bill just let me know and I’ll pass your concerns on to the bill’s author and my colleagues.

To contact me at the Capitol, please write to Senator Nathan Dahm, State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 534, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105, call (405) 521-5551, or email me at dahm@oksenate.gov.

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