President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 11, 2015
Sen. Brian Bingman
approves measure to send budget reform to vote of the people
Legislation to reform the state’s budget process
advanced from the Senate Rules committee on Wednesday. Senate Joint
Resolution 30 would allow Oklahomans to vote on a proposal to dedicate
every other legislative year exclusively to drafting the state’s
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian
Bingman, author of the proposal, said the reform would bring
increased scrutiny and transparency to the budget process.
“Crafting the state’s budget is one of our most important
responsibilities, and this proposal would allow lawmakers to examine
the process in greater depth,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “This
reform would also bring greater transparency to budgeting, allowing
both lawmakers and the public to take a closer look.”
If approved by voters, SJR 30 would allow the Legislature to draft
a budget every year while taking up public policy measures during
each odd-numbered year.
The Legislature could consider policy proposals in even-numbered
years if two-thirds of members in both chambers of the Legislature
vote to do so.
“Dedicating every other year to drafting a budget would give
all lawmakers greater input in the process,” Bingman said.
“It would also give us the opportunity to spend more time
engaging with state agencies in a meaningful review of their needs
SJR 30 now advances to the full Senate.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5708