Weekly Legislative Update 5.7.21

Weekly Legislative UPdate

Capitol updates on everything gender equity and justice. 

Budget Negotiations Ramp up, as the Community Cranks the Pressure Against HB1775

 

We’re in the final month of the legislative session, and it’s a familiar cadence that feels steady on the surface, as all of the politics of the budget move frantically in meetings and negotiations up at the Capitol. Many are guessing that legislators will be meeting right up until they sine die on May 28. Why wouldn’t they take every possible minute in their work on behalf of Oklahomans? If the legislature wraps up their work by May 21, and send those bills to the Governor, but don’t yet sine die, then the Governor has just 5 days to sign or veto those bills, and lawmakers can override vetos as they see fit. Once the legislature has adjourned sine die, however, the Governor has 15 days to sign or veto bills passed during the legislative session. And those vetos stand until the legislature is back in session.

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“The concern is that these core pieces of our history won’t be told to students and we’re creating a systemic barrier for having those conversations that could lead to reconciliation and enlightenment to a lot of students,” OWC board member Bailey Perkins notes.