Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 18, 2013
Senate Appropriations Chair Sen. Clark Jolley explains new appropriations
website to the media Friday.
Senate launches new appropriations website;
adds additional technology for greater transparency
With budget review hearings slated to begin next week and the 2013
Legislative Session right around the corner, the State Senate on
Friday announced a new website dedicated to giving members of the
public and the press instantaneous access to the research materials
and other presentations Senators will use as they develop the Fiscal
Senate Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley said the addition of
the webpage and a larger monitor in 419-C, the conference room where
Senate Appropriations meetings are held, represented a tremendous
leap forward in providing timely, detailed information about the
“These enhanced services will actually be available next week
when we start our 2013 Performance hearings, one of the first steps
in the budget process,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “These
advancements are actually going to make it easier for our members
and the public to access information, and make it easier for us
to track, access and archive these materials.”
The Senate Appropriations website is http://appropriations.oksenate.gov/.
It can also be accessed through the Senate’s homepage at www.oksenate.gov.
Those logging on can watch streaming video of budget meetings while
viewing reports, copies of bills and votes.
Among other on-going modernization efforts is the addition of TV
monitors in all committee rooms as well as the capability for live
webcasting. Room 419-C, the Senate’s largest committee room,
has also been equipped with a 90 inch screen so that everyone in
attendance can view document text and see committee votes. One of
the additional benefits is reclaiming lost seating which was required
by projectors formally used with a smaller screen.
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman has promoted additional
technological advancements which were unveiled during the interim,
and said Friday’s announcement was part of that ongoing effort.
“We are working to move the Senate into the modern era of
web-based communication, moving from the costs, constraints and
waste of paper-based information, while widening access to the creation
of laws and the writing of the state budget,” said Bingman,
R-Sapulpa. “I want to thank Senator Jolley for his leadership,
as well as Chief of Staff, Randy Dowell, our IT Director John Warren,
Assistant Director Devin Ngo, and all our staff for their work on
behalf of the Senate and the people of Oklahoma.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-2622