Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 18, 2019
Senate bills filed for 2019 session
The Senate has completed filing bills for the first
session of the 57th Legislature. The deadline was Thursday, January
17. A total of 1040 Senate Bills and 21 Senate Joint Resolutions
were filed. In 2017, a total of 831 Senate bills were filed, along
with 46 Senate Joint Resolutions.
The Thursday deadline did not apply to appropriations bills, which
can be filed throughout the session. In addition, Senate rules 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 14, the deadline for floor votes
on legislation originating in the Senate. Measures not heard within
that time frame can still be considered in the 2020 session. Senate
rules also allow for bills by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
to be filed throughout the session.
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 2019 legislative session will reconvene on Monday, February
4. The Senate offers streaming audio and video with closed captioning
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
You can also follow the Oklahoma State Senate on Twitter at OKSENATEINFO.
For more information, contact:
Senate Communications: (405) 521-5774