By Sen. JOSEPH SILK
As we move closer to our final adjournment next month, our work has been focused on the Senate floor and we continue to hear legislation. We approved numerous bills this week and defeated a few, while sending several to the Governor’s desk.
I was pleased to have been able to expose the truth behind House Bill 1828, also known as the Builder Registration Bill on the floor this last Wednesday. For those of us who believe in limited government and free market principles, this was a huge win.
HB 1828 failed on the Senate floor by a vote of 8-37. As I’ve been stating all throughout this legislative session, the bill would have created another new license that could have added more regulations and costs to the industry.
Considering the measure failed by such a large margin, it’s evident many of my colleagues also agreed the bill would have been a crushing blow to many working class carpenters, contractors and builders.
I was pleased to co-author HB 1409, which extends the abortion wait time in Oklahoma from 24 hours to 72 hours. Although our ultimate goal should be to completely and totally abolish abortion in its entirety, I am certain this bill will save many unborn children’s lives. I intend to continue the work on build upon this legislation in the coming years.
I also co-authored HB 1622, which ends many federally mandated tests in our local public schools. I have always been a firm believer that lawmakers on both the state and federal levels need to stop imposing testing mandates on the schools.
We need to let the professionals do their jobs, and allow the locals to control themselves. With bills like HB 1622, we will eventually gain more local control in our schools which is very much needed.
On a closing note, I personally ask everyone in Senate District 5 to keep the Hugo police officer and Choctaw County Sheriff’s Deputy who were shot in the horrific incident on Thursday in your thoughts and prayers.
These men exemplified the courage and bravery it takes to protect and serve our citizens. It is appalling that anyone would even consider firing at peace officers, but I am appreciative we have courageous men and woman in blue to meet those challenges head-on to keep our community safe.
I am deeply thankful for these two men and ask the community to join in to support them and their families in any way we can through this tragic time.
I welcome your questions and concerns, so please feel free to contact my office at the State Capitol if you would like to discuss a particular issue or problem. Our office can be reached by phone at 405.521.5614 or by email at [email protected].