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 By Sen. Ron Sharp    Columns    August 6, 2020 

Keep Plugging Away At Unemployment

Work is ongoing at the Capitol.  The Senate Pro Tem and House Speaker approved over 100 interim...

 

There's A Lot Of Help Available To Families

It's been a busy interim both at the Capitol and in our Senate districts. My assistant Joyce and I...

 

Senate Review

On July 1, nearly 30 new laws went into effect. Normally, we'd have well over 100 but with the...

 
 By Sen. Ron Sharp    Columns    July 2, 2020

Take Time To Think About Our Freedoms

This week, the United States will celebrate our 244th birthday. Hundreds of thousands of brave men...

 

Sharp Reviews Education Bills He Coauthored

This session, I coauthored nearly 20 of the more than 150 bills that were signed into law. This...

 

Taxes: How We Got To Where We Are

Since 2013, the Legislature has enacted numerous tax policy changes in response to economic...

 
 By Sen. Ron Sharp    Columns    June 4, 2020

Session Ends With Critical Legislation Passed

The session officially came to an end Friday evening per the state constitution deadline. Last...

 
 By Sen. Ron Sharp    Columns    May 21, 2020

Senate Review

With the end of session quickly approaching, we've been working nonstop trying to get through all...

 
 By Sen. Ron Sharp    Columns    May 7, 2020

It's Another Devastating Budget Year

Our state is facing another devastating budget year. Between the economic fallout from the virus...

 

Senate Review

Last week, the legislature convened in regular and special session to stabilize this year’s...

 

Senate Review

The COVID-19 pandemic is sending shockwaves through our nation and state not only through health con...

 

Current Crisis Presents Major Challenges

Last week, the State Board of Education announced sweeping changes as a result of COVID-19. To...

 

Senate Review

By the Thursday deadline, we successfully passed nearly 390 Senate bills on to the House. We will...

 

Is It Really A Gift - Or Is It A Curse?

Last week, the Senate approved Senate Bill 1619. What was hailed as a gift for taxpayers is far...

 

Senate Review

After two terms in office, I’ve found that legislators focus too much time searching for...

 

Senate Review

Week 3 is behind us, and we have one more week to complete our committee work and three more weeks...

 

Senate Review

We had a short but interesting first week. Very few of the 2,200 Senate bills had been assigned to...

 

Senate Review

Oklahoma’s state retirees haven’t had a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) since 2008. However,...

 

Senate Review

Following some more interim studies this fall on virtual and brick and mortar charter schools, many...

 

New Bill On Bullying Clarifies Rules

The bill filing deadline is today.  This year, I’ve requested 25 bills. As of last Friday, 14...

 

Senate Review

Throughout my time serving District 17, I’ve found that our state government is among the weakest...

 

Legislature Looking For More Efficiencies

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! What a special time to celebrate the birth of our Lord...

 

Senate Review: More Emergency Certifications Needed

According to the Oklahoma State School Board Association (OSSBA), there were nearly 600 teaching...

 

Sharp Bills Would Improve Accountability

Last week, I discussed some of my education bills that will carry over to the new session for...

 

Senate Review

The 2nd Session of the 57th Legislature begins in February.  Last year, just over 2,800 bills were...

 

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