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 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,...

 

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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...

 

Senate Review

The deadline for the actuarial study regarding last session’s HB 2304 was Dec. 1. The bill...

 

Senate Review

Thanksgiving is a special time, not to just gather with friends and family while getting some... Full story

 

Sharp Files Two Bills For More Charter School Fiscal Accountability

Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, filed two bills Nov. 22 to continue his efforts to improve...

 

Senate Review

On Nov. 1, more than 300 bills became law in Oklahoma. One that I’ve gotten some questions on...

 

Senate Review

Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of married couples but, unfortunately, also one of the... Full story

 

Senate Review

It’s unfortunate that in this day and time we’d even have to address such an issue as hate...

 

Senate Review

Nearly 90 new laws went into effect in July, and more than 300 will become effective Nov. 1. One of...

 

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