“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.