Category: Welcome

May 5, 2011

05/06/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
     We are in the last month of our session with no budget talks or mention of any.  The legislative leadership is stalling over the budget because they want to balance the budget with over $200 million in bonds that they want us to commit to supp… more »
 

April 28, 2011

05/06/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
            I hope everyone had a great Easter.  Thankfully, Oklahoma received some much needed rain.              Unfortunately, at the State Capitol our priorities are not always in the right place, and this is no more evident… more »
 

April 21, 2011

05/06/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
     As one of the stewards of State Government, I try to be forward thinking of what we have in Oklahoma and what we need to protect (budget-wise).  Oklahoma has more upstream flood control structures than any other State in the Union.  Each year… more »
 

April 14,2011

05/06/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
     Rumors are we may be adjouning around the middle of May.  If that?s the case, we need to complete a budget.  The last two years we have been bailed out of a budget crunch by federal stimulus money and the Rainy Day Fund.  Since those reven… more »
 

April 7, 2011

05/06/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This week we had a lot of visitors at the Capitol.  We had the Women of Oklahoma Farm Bureau who brought home cooked food to the whole Capitol staff.  We also had Farm Bureau members from throughout the State, as well as from my district.             A… more »
 

March 31,2011

05/06/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This last weekend, when I left Pittsburg County, I put a disk into my vehicle CD player and listened to a sermon by Rev. Felix Waller from the King?s Church.  The CD was given to me by a neighbor, and Rev. Waller is her pastor.  She gave it to me be… more »
 

March 17, 2011

03/17/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
I was really surprised by the number of press releases our Governor put out this week, pushing us to pass important legislation. During this important deadline week, I called her office to congratulate her on staying engaged, only to find that she is in… more »
 

March 10,2011

03/13/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul There is a clamor at the Capitol to grab any money in any accounts to help balance the budget. This also occurred during the last oil and gas bust of the early 1980?s. At that time, the legislature robbed money from the Teac… more »
 

Feb. 24,2011

03/12/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
I am very pleased with the response I have received from my feedback questions in last week?s article -- not only in the responses, but also the insightful reasons for the answers.  Overwhelmingly, responses were in favor of changing our time schedule… more »
 

March 3, 2011

03/11/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This is deadline week for getting bills out of committee and, to say the least, we have had some interesting bills.              HB 1796, authored by Sue Tibbs (R-Tulsa), passed the Public Safety Committee.  This bill will place a state question on the… more »
 

Feb.17, 2011

03/11/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
The first week or two of session is the most difficult to give a report on because, quite frankly, we don?t do much.  I realize this may sound odd, but bills are just now being heard in committees.  With that said, I am happy to report that I had two w… more »
 

Feb. 8, 2011

03/07/11 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This turned out to be an abbreviated week as our first week due to nasty weather coming in to Oklahoma.  Their only substantive work on the floor this week was the passage of House rules which we will abide by during session.  Rep. Charles Key (R) Bet… more »
 

May 27th,2010

06/12/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Two Steps Forward and Three Steps Back A budget agreement was decided last week that turned out to be a fairly decent compromise.  It was achieved by putting a moratorium on tax credits, refinancing bonds, and by adding insurance claims fees.   The wh… more »
 

May 20th, 2010

06/12/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
We are in the next to the last week and we are witnessing first hand, the good, the bad and the ugly of legislation.  HB 2658, Daniel Sullivan (R-Tulsa), has passed the bad.  This bill is the privatization of CompSource.  I voted NO!  County government… more »
 

May 13th, 2010

06/12/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
May 13, 2010     I would like to report that things are going well at the Capitol but, unfortunately, the State of Oklahoma is in a critical financial time.  With the falling revenue, we have already cut agency budgets by 10% over last year, and we… more »
 

May 6th, 2010

05/08/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
On Monday, a group of motorcyclists named the Patriot Guard was recognized on the House Floor.  These men and women volunteer their services to provide a "buffer zone" at military funerals of our fallen soldiers.  They attend to shield the families from… more »
 

April 29, 2010

05/08/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
It is time to rescue the State of Oklahoma from itself.   As we are into the third year of declining revenue, we need to take a serious look at the tax credits that have been given to corporations and to Oklahoma's wealthiest citizens.  This year, for th… more »
 

From the Mouths of Babes - April 22, 2010

05/08/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
     On Wednesday morning, I had breakfast with my two pages from Red Oak High School, Tori Young and Jennifer Morgan, who are delightful young ladies and who have enjoyed the Page experience.  While having breakfast, two other Pages came and asked me pr… more »
 

April 15th, 2010

05/08/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
 Governor Brad Henry proclaimed April 13th to be National Guard and 45th Thunderbird Infantry Day in Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma National Guard Commander, Adjunct General Myles L. Deering, spoke on the House Floor as the Senators joined us for the third Join… more »
 

April 8, 2010

04/14/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
A funny thing happened here at the Capitol this week; I sent a fact sheet over to the Senate to be distributed by the Senate Pages to all Senators.  Speaker Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee refused to allow the Pages to do so because it was ?of political nature.… more »
 

April 1, 2010

04/14/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
A funny thing happened here at the Capitol this week; I sent a fact sheet over to the Senate to be distributed by the Senate Pages to all Senators.  Speaker Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee refused to allow the Pages to do so because it was ?of political nature.… more »
 

March 25,2010

04/14/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
One of the worst-timed bills this Session is SB 1328 by Senator Jay Paul Gumm (D-Durant), which proposes to eliminate the sales tax on groceries.  This may be a popular idea with consumers, but it will be the ?death? of municipalities.  The most popular… more »
 

March 18, 2010

03/20/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This week has been quiet compared to last week?s hectic schedule. We have received 535 bills from the Senate, which will now go through the House committee process before consideration on the House floor. Since we did not vote on legislative measures t… more »
 

March 11, 2010

03/11/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This is deadline week at the State Capitol. All House bills must receive action by Thursday, March 11, or they are ?dead? for the session. There are some really bad bills that I will address this week. It could honestly take me five days to report, bu… more »
 

March 4, 2010

03/06/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Folks, I would like to share a couple of items that may benefit you. First is the Oklahoma Honors Program. This is a privately funded program that is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs. Their mission is to transport Oklahoma Ve… more »
 

February 25, 2010

02/26/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, which I am a member, passed a very important Bill this week. HB 2686, Representative Richard Morrissette (D-OKC), the Eastern Red Cedar initiative. This bill will get the ball rolling on the Red Cedar… more »
 

?PERCEPTION ?VS- REALITY?

02/20/10 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
February 18, 2010 Here at the Capitol, it is about perception and not reality.....and politics. Representative Don Armes? (R-Faxon) House Bill 3202 removes Equine Dentistry from the Veterinary Practice Act where it has been for the last 19 years. H… more »
 

May 22, 2009

05/23/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
As we finish the last week of session, a lot of bills are being rushed across our desks. HB 1032 would allow Central Purchasing to break a contract with any vendor if it can get a better deal somewhere else. I can not believe that we are allowing th… more »
 

May 14, 2009

05/17/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
At this writing, we are well into the last two weeks of the session with approximately 350 bills remaining for consideration, which is a monumental task. Several of the bills we will be looking at were intentionally held up to the end of session in hopes… more »
 

May 7, 2009

05/08/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
With the news seeming to bring more and more concern about the H1N1 flu virus, more commonly known as swine flu, I've been spending some time thinking about the limited areas where we as legislators can really have any influence or control. Emergency s… more »
 

April 23, 2009

04/23/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
John Wayne once said, ?Life is tough, life is tougher when you?re stupid.? Folks, life at the Capitol is getting TOUGHER! Last year at the end of session, the legislature passed a $500 million bond issue. Over the next 20 years, we and our children wi… more »
 

April 16, 2009

04/16/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
April 15, 2009 On April 14, 2009, The House of Representatives saluted the dispatchers of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, true unsung heroes. I was especially proud because there were two dispatchers honored from Troop D of McAlester. They were Lt. Robe… more »
 

April 09, 2009

04/09/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
BY: REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN RENEGAR DVM District 17 April 9, 2009 We are still voting on Senate Bills on the House Floor. This is deadline week to pass Senate Bills out of House Committees and House Bills out of Senate Committees. HB 1422 by R… more »
 

April 2, 2009

04/02/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
BY: REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN RENEGAR DVM District 17 April 2, 2009 Activity at the Capitol has picked up dramatically this week with committee work on Senate bills. As usual, there is plenty of time for politics - besides our legislative work.… more »
 

March 26, 2009

03/26/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
BY: REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN RENEGAR DVM District 17 March 26, 2009 This week we did a lot of committee work, but very few bills were heard on the House floor. I believe we set a record for visitors, which I enjoyed immensely. There were many O… more »
 

March 19th 2009

03/21/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
BY: REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN RENEGAR DVM District 17 March 19, 2009 Since this is essentially a slow week, I am going to comment on a couple of bills that passed on deadline day last Thursday. If HB 1975 becomes law, any legislation that require… more »
 

March 13, 2009

03/16/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Greetings from the Capitol March 12, 2009 Representative Brian Renegar, DVM Well, folks, this is deadline week to pass House bills off the floor to the Senate. This is a time when we see some ridiculous bills. House Bill 2082 by Representative We… more »
 

March 5th, 2009

03/16/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
CAPITOL GREETINGS BY: REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN RENEGAR DVM District 17 March 5, 2009 HB 1332 which is the Pet Quality Assurance Act was called up to the house floor Wednesday afternoon. This is the infamous ?Puppy Mill Bill.? One of the majo… more »
 

capital greetings Feb. 26, 2009

03/11/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
This week is deadline for getting House Bills out of committee, which means no more bills will be heard in committees. My Water basin Bill (HB 1439) which was laid over last week was not called up this week. Another water bill by Representative Dale De… more »
 

capital greetings Feb. 19,2009

03/11/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Did you make a new year?s resolution? Are you keeping it? Do you remember what it was? Well, guess what, here at the Oklahoma Capitol we make resolutions also! What happens to our resolutions after they are passed? I do not know where they go, proba… more »
 

capital greetings Feb. 12, 2009

03/11/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Even though we are deep in Committee work, Politics was the Order of the Day. A Representative from Lawton, who is aspiring to a higher office, authored a Resolution to urge the President of the United States to refrain from sending detainees from Guant… more »
 

Feb. 5, 2009

03/11/09 | by Brian | Categories: Welcome
Good Day folks, it?s that time of year when the wind comes whipping down the Oklahoma plains, and so does a huge magnitude of bills from about 150 Legislators. I will attempt to keep you up to date on what is taking place in the House of Representatives… more »
 
Weekly update from Oklahoma City on the status of Bills in the House.

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