Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 22, 2016
Senate bills filed for 2016 session
With the 2016 legislative session quickly approaching,
the Senate has completed its bill filing period. Thursday, January
21 was the deadline, resulting in the filing of 704 Senate bills
and 42 Senate Joint Resolutions. A total of 636 Senate Bills and
31 Senate Joint Resolutions carried over from the 2015 session.
Rules approved last year ended the practice of filing shell bills—legislation
without final language that could be used as a vehicle for new law
or modifying existing law after the session was underway. The new
rules allow for substantive legislation to be introduced after the
filing deadline. The floor leader must assign the bill to committee,
but at that point, the entire committee becomes the published author
of the bill.
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman praised Senate staffers
for their professionalism as the deadline approached, despite unusual
circumstances. Senate staff offices on the third floor were part
of the first phase of the historic renovation and restoration of
the Capitol building. During the interim the various staff divisions
were located in committee rooms and other available spaces in the
building with the goal of having everyone back in their offices
on the third floor before session began. Staffers moved back to
the third floor during the final days of bill filing.
“Our staff is always extremely dedicated and professional,
even with the intense workload that comes with the approach of the
bill filing deadline,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “Despite
the massive move that has been underway in the last few days, that
dedication and professionalism continued to be the standard as staff
diligently worked with our members to complete the bill filing process.
As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of their efforts.”
Members of the public can read and download legislation by going
to the official State Senate website at www.oksenate.gov and following
the link for legislation at the top of the homepage. The Senate
website also includes daily agendas, meeting notices, calendars,
and other helpful information.
The 2016 legislative session will reconvene on Monday, February
1. The Senate offers streaming audio and video from the chamber,
as well as from all committee rooms. Wireless internet access is
available to all Capitol visitors throughout the Senate gallery,
rotunda, committee rooms, offices and press rooms.
You can follow the Oklahoma State Senate on Twitter at OKSENATEINFO.
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