President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 24, 2019
Senate Pro Tem Treat speaks to reports at signing ceremony
for the 2020 GA bill on Friday.
leaders give high marks to successful 2019 session
Huge education investment, government accountability, constitutional
carry among highlights
Leaders in the Oklahoma Senate on Friday said the 2019 session
was incredibly successful pointing to achievements like major investments
in classroom funding and another teacher pay raise, transformational
government accountability measures, increased funding for criminal
justice reforms, the passage of constitutional carry, and many other
President Pro Tempore Greg
Treat said he was extremely proud of Senate Republicans for
delivering on all four-points of their 2019 legislative agenda which
included budget transparency, government accountability, education
investment and reforms, and criminal justice investment.
“Senate Republicans kept our promise to Oklahoma by delivering
on budget transparency, government accountability, education investment
and reforms, and criminal justice reform investment. This year was
capped by a terrific budget deal that makes significant investments
in classroom funding, teacher pay raises, and criminal justice reforms.
Senate Republicans also delivered on important policy fronts like
constitutional carry, judicial redistricting, and workers’
compensation reforms. The totality of our work this session will
bring positive, transformational changes and help make Oklahoma
an even better state. I appreciate the members of the Senate Republican
Caucus for working together toward the same goal and accomplishing
great things for Oklahoma this year,” said Senate President
Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Kim David, R-Porter, said, “The
2019 session started off well with the passage of constitutional
carry. We are ending on a high note with a terrific budget that
makes investments in classrooms, teachers, state employees, criminal
justice reform, mental health and so many other areas. Senate Republicans
worked well together through the legislative process and delivered
on our commitments to Oklahoma. I appreciate the professionalism
and work-ethic of all members of the Senate, which made this session
run smoothly and successfully. When we look back, this session will
be judged as a tremendous success because of all the great policies
and budget decisions that will move Oklahoma forward.”
Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, said, “This
year we produced a remarkable budget for Oklahoma that makes significant
investments in areas like education, criminal justice reform, health
care and mental health. I want to thank the Senate subappropriation
committee chairs for their diligent and detailed work – going
back to August – that brought this budget to life. I’m
also proud that we passed big reforms like ‘pay for success’
legislation that will enable innovative public-private partnerships
to improve the delivery of state services. Overall, this will go
down as one of the most successful legislative sessions for our
commitment to Oklahoma.”
STATE BUDGET AND POLICY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2019 SESSION
*Indicates Senate Republican agenda item.
• $200 million in savings.
o Brings Oklahoma’s total savings at the end of this fiscal
year to $1 billion.
• $29 million for a fund to preserve Medicaid provider rates
during economic downturns.
• $157.9 million in increased funding for public schools:
o $74.4 million in new classroom funding
o $1,220 on average teacher pay raise
• $18 million for the CareerTech system for pay raises and
• $28 million for higher education for increased research
and a professor pay raise.
• $7.5 million for concurrent enrollment.
• $5.5 million for the Reading Sufficiency Act.
• Increased classroom instructional time to benefit students
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY & MODERNIZATION
• Series of bills giving governor the authority to hire/fire
the director of five top state agencies (SB 456, SB 457, HB 2480,
HB 2479, HB 2483).*
• Creation of the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency
(SB 1) and $1.7 million appropriation to fund LOFT startup.*
• $37.7 million for a state employee pay raise of up to $1,500.
• $16.4 million for digital transformation of state services
to improve customer service and enhance transparency.
• $700,000 to hire new auditors in the State Auditor’s
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL OKLAHOMA
• $1.1 million for wildfire mitigation and additional resources
for rural fire fighters.
• $1.5 million to improve rural flood control dams.
• Advanced the production of industrial hemp in Oklahoma (SB
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND JUDICIARY
• “Pay for Success” which encourages innovative
public/private partnerships to help state agencies provide services
without risking tax dollars (HB 2670).*
• $20.1 million to reform District Attorney office funding.
• $10 million for “Smart on Crime” mental health
and substance abuse treatment programming.*
• $1.5 million for the Women in Recovery diversion program.*
• $1.7 million to expand drug courts options for nonviolent
• Protected Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights via
constitutional carry legislation (HB 2597)
• $4,000 raise for Department of Corrections employees “behind
• Modernized the Oklahoma Supreme Court judicial districting
maps to enlarge the pool of qualified candidates eligible to fill
judicial vacancies (HB 2366).
• Preserved and strengthened landmark workers’ compensation
reforms (HB 2367)
ECONOMY & JOBS
• $1 million for additional job growth and economic development
in the automotive and aerospace industries through the Aerospace
Commerce Economic Services (ACES) program.
• $1 million to help entrepreneurs and innovators through
the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology.
• Created income tax credit for qualified software or cybersecurity
employees (HB 2759).
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
• $2 million to decrease Developmental Disability Services
(DDSD) wait list.
• $8 million to increase DDSD provider reimbursement rates
by 4 percent.
• $4.6 million to increase immunizations and staff county
• Passage of testing/labeling requirements (“Unity Bill”)
for medical marijuana (HB 2612).
VETERANS & MILITARY AFFAIRS
• $2 million appropriation for two new veterans’ facilities.
• Designated Oklahoma as a Purple Heart State (SB 232).
• SB 931 creates the Revised Uniform Veterans Guardianship
• Modified the Oklahoma veterans’ registry, and set
the official launch date as Jan. 1 (SB 358).
• Enabled the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs to grant
preference to veteran-owned business entities when contracting for
goods or services (SB 135).
• Expanded benefits for the dignified interment of homeless
veterans (SB 340).
• $30 million in funding for the County Improvement for Roads
and Bridges (CIRB).
• Appropriations to fully fund Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565