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February 9, 2011

A Senate review

(Continued)

             Members of the Appropriations Committee and subcommittees have been, and will continue for the next few weeks, meeting with the various agencies, commissions and other entities to discuss their budget needs for the coming fiscal year.  This is an important step towards drafting the state’s budget. 

            I have to say my colleagues and I are somewhat disappointed as many of the agencies that committees have met with so far have requested budget increases and some have even requested supplemental funding for the current fiscal year.  This makes our job so much harder when the agencies don’t come to us with solutions as to how they can cut back but rather always request more money that we simply don’t have.  Like Oklahoma families, our state agencies are going to have to continue to do less with more and tighten their belts until our state’s economy recovers.

            Besides working on the budget, we’ll also have around 2,100 Senate and House bills as well as 85 joint resolutions to consider.  Again, I filed seven measures this year and will be providing more information about those in the coming weeks along with the bills I’m going to co-author. 

            This year, I’ll be serving on the:

  • Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Wed., 9:30 a.m., Room 419-C)
  • Education (Monday, 9:00 a.m., Room 419-C)
  • Public Safety (Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Room 419 A&B)
  • Rules (Wed., Call of the Chair)
  • Tourism and Wildlife (Tuesday, After session, Room 511-A)
  • Veterans and Military Affairs (Wed., 9:30 a.m., Room 511-A)

            Remember, you can find the Senate schedule, bills, and other legislative information on the Senate website at www.oksenate.gov.  The Senate also offers live streaming audio and video from the Senate Chamber, as well as from committee rooms 419-C and 511-A so if you’re interested you can listen or watch most of my committee meetings.  You can also follow the Oklahoma State Senate on Twitter at OKSENATEINFO.           

To contact me at the Capitol, pleasewrite to Senator Earl Garrison, State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 514A, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105, or call (405) 521-5533.  You can also email me at garrison@oksenate.gov

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