Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 20, 2017
Senate bills filed for 2017 session
The Senate has completed filing bills for the first session of
the 56th Legislature. A total of 831 Senate Bills were filed, along
with 46 senate joint resolutions and one senate concurrent resolution.
In 2015, a total of 815 Senate bills were filed, along with 32 senate
The deadline does not apply to appropriations bills which can be
filed throughout the session. In addition, the rules adopted on
organizational day allow substantive bills to be introduced during
the session after the filing deadline. In order for this to occur,
the bill is assigned to committee by the Majority Floor Leader and
the entire committee becomes the published author of the bill. Such
bills must still be heard on the floor by March 23, the deadline
for floor votes on legislation originating in the Senate. Measures
not heard within that time frame can still be considered in the
The process of authoring bills by committee was first adopted by
the Senate in 2015 to do away with shell bills which were basically
place-holders for members to use as vehicles for measures later
in the session. The change was aimed at increasing transparency
in the legislative process.
Members of the public can read and download current 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 2017 legislative session will reconvene on Monday, February
6. The Senate offers streaming audio and video from the Senate 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.
For more information, contact Malia Bennett, Senate Communications
Director, at 405-521-5774, or email email@example.com. You can
also follow the Oklahoma State Senate on Twitter at OKSENATEINFO.