Oklahoma’s 2019 legislative session kicks off at noon today, and soon after that will be a State of the State address by Governor Kevin Stitt. Lawmakers will have 4 months to pass legislation until the final adjournment deadline of May 31st. Between now and then, thousands of bills will be considered by the Legislature — some with the potential to improve the lives of Oklahomans and others that could move us backward.
OK Policy provides numerous tools and well-researched information to help you follow what’s happening and advocate for better policies in the Legislature. To start, you can visit the fully updated 2019 Legislative Primer for the information you need on the legislative process, who the key players are, and more. Then if you want to dig deeper into the budget, our Online Budget Guide is the most comprehensive overview you will find anywhere on how Oklahoma collects and spends money.
To find what we are focusing on this legislative session and how you can be involved, OK Policy’s 2019 Legislative Policy Priorities identify solutions to move Oklahoma forward in education, criminal justice, health, economic opportunity, and the state budget. Throughout the session, we’ll update these priority fact sheets with new developments and ways for Oklahomans to take action. You can sign up for text alerts about these priorities by texting OKPOLICY to 51555.
To team up with fellow advocates in your community working on these issues, you can join a local chapter of Together Oklahoma, which already has 8 chapters located all over the state. You can also sign up for text alerts from Together Oklahoma by texting TOGETHEROK to 51555.
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Thank you for everything you do to move our state forward! We are optimistic that this legislative session will bring about real improvements for Oklahomans, and we are grateful for all of you who are working alongside us to make it happen.