[NFBOK-Talk] Discription of Oklahoma Legislation

Rhonda Hutson rhondahutson3 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 9 15:56:13 UTC 2020

For those of you, like myself for many years, I never paid much attention to how bills were passed in our Oklahoma Legislation. The legislation is a 2 year term. If a bill does not pass the first year, then it can be picked up exactly where it was left the first year. If bills that were left on the table isn’t voted on, it dies this year since this is the second year. A new Bill is introduced the first day of the beginning session of each year and then assigned to a committee. If it passes in the committee, it goes to the floor of either the House or the Senate which ever introduced the bill. In February, a bill is to be completed at the end of the month. It then goes to the opposite chamber for the same process and has to be completed by the end of March. A bill before completion, must have a author from both chambers. If it completes both chambers, then it goes to the governor desk. A bill can get stuck in a committee if not voted on and can be picked back up in the second year. If a bill is voted down, then it dies and cannot be introduced again in the second year. The blind community has found that our legislation does not always follow these rules when they really want a bill to go through. After being more alert because of our state legislation attacking the blind community, I have decided that I don’t like politics and it can be very, very dirty even in Oklahoma!
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