The Oklahoma Legislative Session begins on Monday, February 7, 2011, runs for 16 weeks, and ends on May 27, 2011.
Building on last year’s citizen training, OK-SAFE will be conducting 2 training sessions entitled Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process. (NOTE: The OKC session was conducted 1/15/2011.)
These meetings are subject-specific, and graduated by level of ability and interest.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers, note-taking material, and refreshments as these are working meetings.
- Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
- Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Location: The HQ Building, 1008-B N. Hickory Ave., Broken Arrow, OK.
Preliminary Agenda is detailed below.
1st Hour –
- Introductory – The Basics. 1) Overview of the OK Legislative Process; 2) Identifying your legislator; 3) Contact information and lists; 4) Writing emails; 5) Making the OK Legislature and OSCN websites your home pages.
2nd Hour –
- Intermediate -Building on Hour 1. 1) The legislative process, including interim studies, introduced bills; bill committee assignments; 2) The committee process; when to advocate for a bill; 3) Creating group email lists for House and Senate committees; 4) Understanding the role of Speaker/ Pro-Temp, Floor Leader, and Whips.
3rd Hour –
- Advanced – Taking off the Rose-Colored Glasses. 1) How to read a bill with understand; which OK titles of law to examine; 2) Understanding political doublespeak, i.e, smaller, smarter government, small business, advanced, quality job, knowledge-based economy; 3) The Quality Jobs Program Act; PrimeWIN; OSU-UML, the ‘contract verifier’ for OK; 4) Tax incentives/earmarks; who is benefiting from the passage of legislation.
These meetings are free and open to the public; however, we are asking for a small donation to cover the cost of printed material and room rental.
Psalm 118: 8,9 – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man; It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”