State Rep. Elise, R-Oklahoma City, announced Friday that she will not seek re-election for House District 100. “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to represent my friends and neighbors in House District 100, since being elected in 2010,” Hall said. “After prayer and seeking advice from mentors, family, and friends, I have decided to not seek re-election to the House of Representatives. "Over the last 8 years, it has been a joy to get to know and become friends with the people of House District 100. Having grown up in House District 100, I already loved my community -- but it has been through conversations on front porches and time spent with constituents at the Capitol that I have grown to love the people of House District 100 even more. House District 100 is filled with salt of the earth people -- it has been an absolute privilege to represent them. “A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Zoey on March of Dimes Day at the Capitol. When Zoey's mom was 36 weeks pregnant, they were involved in a car accident that caused Zoey to be born prematurely. Whether it was visiting Zoey's school as a surprise reader to her third-grade class or having Zoey come up to the Capitol during the Teacher Walk Out, it is the friendships of sweet people like she and her family that remind me what serving as a State Representative is all about. Zoey is now 9 years old and lives with her family in House District 100. It's been meeting and getting to know my neighbors, like Zoey, that have made serving in this position all worthwhile.” Hall was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2010 at the age of 21 – becoming the youngest woman to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature. She has served as a member of House leadership under two speakers, as a presiding officer in the House, as the chairwoman of the House Banking and Business Committee, and as the chairwoman, vice-chair, and secretary of the House Majority Caucus.
She also serves as a member of the Appropriations & Budget Committee, Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget, Rules Committee, and Judiciary Committee.
So grateful for the many conversations I’ve had over the last few days with teachers, parents & students from House District 100!
Whether it was a “thank you” from a friend, prayer from a teacher, a hug from a student, students from PCO telling me of their favorite teacher, teachers from Bethany, Piedmont, Oklahoma City & Putnam City talking of the needs their classrooms & students have — thank you for taking time to share your stories with me. I’m grateful.
If you’re a constituent & have emailed me this week, please know that I have read it & will reply as soon as I can.
If you’re coming up to the Capitol next week, shoot me a text to let me know when & I’ll make sure we can chat — 405.213.3326.
The House gallery, halls, offices, & lawn were filled with teachers & friends today. People, like myself, who support quality education.
I’m grateful for those who serve day in & day out to teach, mentor & coach Oklahoma’s kids.
The House of Representatives just passed HB1010XX — a bill that raises revenue and provides a pay raise for teachers, education support staff & state employees!
While I’ve supported many different proposals over the past several months, this bill is the first one that has met the requirement that all revenue raising measures pass the House & Senate with 75% support. This bill goes to the Senate next.
Catching up on mail after a busy week last week of working on House bills.
We’re continuing the work this week of negotiating a solution for education & Oklahoma. It seems this has been the theme of the last 14 months & even the last 8 years of my time in the House. Stay tuned.
Oklahoma City — it’s Election Day!
I hope you’ll join me in supporting @davidfullerholt as our next Mayor!
Packed room as the Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget considers the revenue portions of the Step Up Oklahoma plan this morning!
Today is Rose Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol!
It was an honor to hear my longtime friend & constituent, Garis Diffee, share his testimony of life through spoken word. So proud of he & his wife Riki!
Today is the first day of the Second Regular Session of the 56th Legislature!
In the days ahead, we’re continuing to work on the difficult problems facing our state — finding long term solutions to our state’s budget, giving teachers a pay raise, and a host of other major issues. “"Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.”
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
May you & your family be surrounded by the love & peace of our Lord Jesus this Christmas season — Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Day 2 of the Second Special Session.
The Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget met this morning & passed two pieces of legislation to direct $17.7 million to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority & $26.5 million to the Department of Human Services.
This afternoon, the Special Investigation continued its meetings to look into the financial mismanagement of the Oklahoma Department of Health.
Today, the Legislature convened for the Second Extraordinary Session of the 56th Legislature — the goal is to provide funding to ensure the Health Care Authority does not have to cut provider rates. The plan is to vote on necessary appropriations bills on Friday.
As I sorted through some mail, I found this note from Ed & Gwen. They write me a notes several times a year & remind me of their prayers for the Legislature. I’m so grateful for folks like them who keep us in their prayers — we couldn’t do it without them!
It’s been a great start to the Christmas season in House District 100 with the Bethany High School Christmas Concert & the Warr Acres Christmas Tree Lighting!
A WW2 veteran handed me this at Walmart this afternoon.
To my neighbors & friends who serve & have served, thank you! “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." -- Abraham Lincoln
Happy Veterans Day!
During National Domestic Voilence Awareness week, the coalition that supported HB1466 got together for a formal bill signing with the Governor. HB1466 went into effect on November 1 & allows victims of domestic violence to keep their own cell phone. Proud to be a part of this group!
Over the last few weeks while I’ve been running through my neighborhood, I’ve thought & prayed for the people that live in the houses I pass. — the Vietnam veteran & his wife that live across the street from me
— the State Trooper & her entrepreneur husband who live around the corner
— the state employee & her husband who provide lawn care for several of their neighbors — the insurance agent & his wife — the teacher & her family — the retired fire fighter who is on disability — the hundreds of residents of the five nursing home & assisted living centers
I’ve been returning numerous calls & emails to my neighbors who say things like, “remind your colleagues of the Oklahoma Standard, “we gathered over 100 residents to pray,” “keep working hard for us,” and so on.
I don’t have an answer for the problems we are facing yet, but know myself & my colleagues are working hard — knowing that the decisions I am making impact the lives of my neighbors.
The House is reconvening Special Session this morning. Over the last month, we’ve been in countless hours of negotiations & discussions around the solution to Oklahoma’s budget.
At 1:30p, the Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget will take up several pieces of legislation that will give teachers a $3,000 pay raise, give state employees a $1,000 pay raise, add a $1.50 tax on cigarette, add a 6 cent tax on fuel, increase the tax rate on alcohol, and restores the earned income tax credit.
While the Legislature has adjourned to the Call of the Chair, the House continues to hold committee meetings & negotiations regarding the budget!
It’s Day 2 of Special Session.
Today, the Joint Appropriations & Budget Committee is Meeting to vote on HB 1099 - a $1.50 tax on cigarettes.
The Business, Commerce & Tourism committee is holding interim studies all day today.
Up first, Rep. Mulready's study on the ratio of contractors to journeymen.