After a hectic few weeks, the 57th Legislature has officially adjourned! We did leave open the possibility of coming back into session if a need arises; however, if we don’t come back by May 29, we will be officially done with session.
Many Americans think of Memorial Day as a day off of work and an excuse to enjoy a long weekend marking the beginning of summer. But it is much more than just another holiday. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance where we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.
What exactly is normal anymore? It is hard to imagine what the future will look like amidst the COVID-19 crisis and its long-term impact on everything from schools, workplaces, the public and our general economy, but one thing is for sure, we have a new normal now.
Last week, the Oklahoma Legislature approved a balanced budget for the Fiscal Year 2021. The budget preserved education funding while other state agencies received cuts of approximately 4% or less. However, on Wednesday, we were alerted that the Governor had vetoed four of our budget bills: HB2741, HB2742, HB2743, and SB1922. Within hours, the Legislature had voted to override the vetoes with overwhelming support.
With the shutdown of everything non-essential and social distancing becoming the new normal, one area of concern is voting. At the very heart of our democracy is the ability to vote. However, if we eliminate gatherings, as we have been instructed to do, voting is problematic. As of now the presidential vote hopefully will go forward as planned, but we have seen a disruption in primary voting.