If you were at the Capitol this week, then it would’ve seemed like déjà vu because we’ve reverted back to a schedule heavily focused on committee meetings. We are now considering the nearly 400 Senate bills before we vote on them on the House floor. I had productive meetings in the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Government Efficiency Committee, County and Municipal Government Committee, and Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services.
We had numerous visitors at the Capitol, whether it was advocates raising awareness for the issue of food insecurity, court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers, insurance agents, and educators highlighting the importance of public schools. I listened and learned from each of these groups about their ideas and concerns. It’s awesome to see so many people at the Capitol to visit with their representatives and senators!
All of us were inspired and humbled on Wednesday, which was the third joint session between the House and Senate to honor and recognize Oklahoma’s veterans. Without a doubt, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy our freedoms without the sacrifices that our veterans have made throughout this country’s history. I especially want to thank all of the veterans in the Lawton Fort Sill community. It was an honor to present a proclamation on behalf of the Governor to recognize National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Also happening on Wednesday was a visit from students involved in Leadership Great Plains Technology. I had the opportunity to eat lunch with these highly motivated students, and I strongly believe in the importance of career tech centers because there are many trade jobs that need to be emphasized moving forward. We must invest in higher education, whether it’s the four year public university or career tech center. Indeed, I was honored to present a citation to Anna Paraskevopoulos at this week’s Research Day at the Capitol. I also presented a citation to Keayla Anderson, who is the Oklahoma state champion for Poetry Out Loud.
Finally, the picture that’s included in this update is of my intern Dan Williams and myself when we were organizing letters to constituents in House District 62 who are newly registered voters. I provided my contact information in these letters and welcomed these Lawtonians to House District 62! I appreciate Dan’s diligence and assistance for this task.
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