First of all, you are always warmly welcomed and invited to call my office with any concerns or questions. I can be reached at the contact information above and my assistant Grace assures me that one of her favorite duties is helping constituents (I think it’s a welcome break from the reams of legislative paperwork). It is Grace’s cheerful voice you will hear on the phone when you call … and she answers my email correspondence as well.
I hope you are interested in what goes on at the Oklahoma Senate, especially during session. The oksenate.gov website is a useful tool for following Senate activities. The home page lists the date and time for the next meeting of the Senate. It also lists office closings because of weather, etc. If you’re making a trip to the State Capitol, you might want to check ooksenate.gov first.
Quick links at the bottom of the home page will enable you to do common tasks very quickly without having to navigate the entire site. The top menu includes links to Senators, Legislation, Committees, Media and Directory.
The Senators link allows you to select from the following options: alphabetical directory, pictorial directory, printable list, Senate leadership, district maps and a link to find your legislators (House, Senate and US Congress). Contact information is comprehensive: mailing addresses, room numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
If you’re interested in Oklahoma legislation, the Legislation link takes you to a wealth of information: you can search for specific bills and you can also do an Advanced Search for bills by committee or by a certain author, for instance. On this page you can also read the Oklahoma Constitution or look up existing statutes.
If you wish to attend a committee meeting, you can find that information under the Committees link. Senate Committees, Standing Committees, meeting notices and interim studies are all listed here.
The Calendars link allows you to see a daily updated agenda for the bills that we vote on every day. Deadlines are listed here, as well as Senate Journals (a record of everything we did on the Senate floor for any specific date) and the Joint A&B (Appropriations and Budget) Calendar.
The Media link includes such options as Senate video of live meetings and floor proceedings, press releases, audio clips, podcasts, Senate photos, publications, etc.
And finally, the Directory link will include information for Senate members, office of the President Pro Tempore, Senate staff, meeting notices, artwork and architecture.
Visit oksenate.gov sometime this week, won’t you?
Until next time,
Senator Mark Allen