Capitol Connection

Senate Review by Senator James Leewright

April 9, 2020

Read about what triggered the special session this week and what the state did to take precautions to keep everyone healthy.

Lawmakers Call for First Responder Coverage

March 29, 2020

A group of Republican lawmakers from the Oklahoma House of Representatives are sending a letter self-funded municipalities and related groups asking them to cover and provide workers’ compensation benefits to any first responder testing positive for COVID-19. Read the full letter inside.

Capitol Connection: The latest update on COVID-19 from State Representative Mark Lawson

March 23, 2020

The latest updates from State Representative Mark Lawson regarding testing, supplies, sheltering and closures and task forces.

State Legislature working to reduce the spread of COVID-19, get resources to those who need them

March 18, 2020

Leewright talks about legislation going into effect to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Plus, a new website for resources for health information, unemployment aid, and more.

Sapulpa homeschooled senior serves as page for Senate

March 12, 2020

Sapulpa homeschooled senior Grant Cuellar has completed a week of service as a page for the State Senate, Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow.

“Please don’t fail us!” parents implore legislators at inaugural Sapulpa PLAC meeting

March 12, 2020

The Sapulpa Parent Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) is an effort to “inform and engage parents and the community in advocating for a strong, equitable public education system for ALL children”

Bill to better protect domestic abuse victims passes Senate

March 10, 2020

This bill will allow the courts to hold domestic violence offenders in custody for 24 to 72 hours to allow victims to be able to clear out of their homes and apply for emergency victim protective orders before their abusers are released.

Senate Review: More than 400 bills made it through committee

March 9, 2020

There were more than 400 bills that made it through the committee process this session. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Senate Review: the Barbara E. Hoover Act and Anti-Red Flag Act

February 27, 2020

Senator Leewright talks about bills passed providing additional rights regarding the family of nursing home residents, and a new bill that would nullify any attempt to bring “red flag laws” to Oklahoma.

Definition of child abuse expanded under legislation

February 19, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday to expand the definition of child abuse to better protect Oklahoma’s children and hold abusers accountable. Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, authored Senate Bill 1773, which extends the crime to include anyone who engages in or enables child abuse. “We must do all we […]