2016 State Questions

2016 State Questions

Many people have asked about the seven State Questions on the November 8th ballot. This is an overview only and you will have to make the final decision on how you intend to vote for yourself. In this post we have provided an overview as well as links to the official language (not just the summary on the ballot) and links to both a conservative think tank and a liberal think tank to provide other perspectives on the state questions. Hopefully this helps you make …

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Pat Campbell 1170 KFAQ session updates

Pat Campbell 1170 KFAQ session updates

This year during our legislative session I had the opportunity to give regular updates on KFAQ Thursday mornings. It was an honor to be invited by Pat Campbell to participate on his show and help keep his listeners informed about the happenings at the State Capitol.

If you missed any of the live broadcasts you can find links below to archives of the last two shows along with a description of the topic being discussed. I can’t thank Pat Campbell enough for including me, and would …

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Final Days of Session

Final Days of Session

Session is winding down and our attention has been on the budget, conference committee reports, and House amendments.

We have spent a majority of our time this past week in the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget as well as the General Conference Committee on Appropriations trying to choose how best to close the $611 million budget gap.

If a budget agreement can be reached early this coming week, we should be able to adjourn early this Friday, May 22 – saving the state from having to pay for …

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Session update

Session update

Session is racing by with only five or six weeks left depending on when we adjourn. If we can get all of the bills taken care of and a budget approved, we could possibly end session early, which would save the state money.  Given our revenue shortfall, every penny we can save is a blessing.

As of Friday morning, the governor had signed nearly 70 bills including HB 1749, which I carried in the Senate.  It prohibits any state agency from making payroll deductions on behalf …

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Bill Update

We’re entering into the sixth week of session and the deadline for bill consideration by the full Senate.  Of the 850 bill that were filed, only 400 made it through the committee process.

Fifteen of my bills were approved in committee.  Eleven of those have already been approved by the full Senate and are now awaiting consideration in House committees.

SB 56 removes the requirement of including a social security number on an application for a firearm.  SB 86 expands the documents that can be used to prove a voter’s …

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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 …

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Tune in Tonight to The Piers Morgan Show

Tune in Tonight to The Piers Morgan Show

Tune in live tonight at 8pm to CNN as Senator Dahm explains his new bill on The Piers Morgan Show.

The bill, called the “Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act”, is a gun legislation that will strengthen Second Amendment rights.  It will hit the OK State Senate floor early this year to be voted on.

If you would like to learn more about the bill, please click here.

 

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Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act

Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act

Senator Nathan Dahm has filed legislation to allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms without a license as an effort to reaffirm Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights.  Under this act, a person age 18 or older would be able to open carry loaded or unloaded shotguns, rifles and pistols without a license for hunting, target shooting or other such events.  It would also be allowed for events related to military or law enforcement functions; for practice or performance for entertainment purposes; or for lawful self-defense purposes.  Places …

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Fourth Amendment Protection Act

Fourth Amendment Protection Act

While the Oklahoma legislature can’t pull the plug on the National Security Agency (NSA), Senator Nathan Dahm believes the state does have the ability to make it more difficult for them to use unconstitutionally gathered information against citizens. The legislation would prohibit any government entity at the local, county, or state level from providing assistance to the NSA.  It would also forbid employees of local, county and state government agencies and jurisdictions, as well as corporations doing business with them, from helping entities such as the …

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Most people are familiar with the story of the Pilgrims and the hardships they faced, as well as the time they set aside for celebration and giving of thanks which we now celebrate as Thanksgiving. Few are aware of the document written by the Pilgrims that served as the constitution for their colony. It is a great document that reveals the reason for the Pilgrim’s journey and their plans for the New World. As you take time to give thanks for all the wonderful things …

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