Simpson’s Session Review
It was another hectic week at the Capitol as we raced to hit the Thursday deadline. We had more than 330 bills to hear in four days, which resulted in some late nights. We got our work done, and are ready to return to our committees to look at House bills.
Several great bills made their way out of our Chamber and over to the House for further consideration including the last of our Senate GOP Caucus agenda items.
The five government accountability bills have all been signed into law. They received final approval in the legislature this week and were signed the same day. Gov. Stitt doesn’t waste time. An agreement was made to use three of the House’s bills and two of the Senate’s bills. The measures will give hiring power over the directors of five of our highest appropriated state agencies to the Governor as well as authority to set their salaries. The agencies and bills include the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority (SB 456), the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (SB 457), the Office of Juvenile Affairs (House Bill 2479), the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (House Bill 2480), and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (House Bill 2483). The bills went into effect upon being signed.
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