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State Employees Back Ron Sharp in Senate District 17 Primary Runoff

State Employees Back Ron Sharp in Senate District 17 Primary Runoff The Oklahoma Public Employees Association Political Action Committee (OPEAPAC) had endorsed Sen. Ron Sharp (Shawnee) in the August 25th primary runoff election for Senate District 17. OPEAPAC is the...

Senator Sharp’s Press Releases and Columns

Coauthored bills

Coauthored bills

The session officially came to an end Friday evening per the state constitution deadline. Last week, I talked about the bills I filed so now I’d like to tell you about some of the bills I coauthored that were signed into law.             Again, we had to set aside...

Session is adjourned

Session is adjourned

The 2nd Session of the 57th Legislature has adjourned Sine Die.  It was one for the books as Oklahoma and our country was shut down by the health pandemic.  Just as most businesses did, we had to shut down and telework to protect our staff.  Because so much focus had...

Bill extending emergency certifications signed into law

Bill extending emergency certifications signed into law

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s schools will soon have more teaching applicants thanks to a bill signed Thursday. The State Board of Education approved emergency rules in March to allow emergency teaching certificates to be renewed...

Protecting Oklahoma’s pension systems

Protecting Oklahoma’s pension systems

With the end of session quickly approaching, we’ve been working nonstop trying to get through all our work. With the health pandemic, four months of work has been pushed into one.  The overall budget is done (SB 1922) but we’re still working through the last of the...

Edmond citizens confirmed State Boards

Edmond citizens confirmed State Boards

OKLAHOMA CITY—The state Senate recently confirmed the executive nomination of Murry J. Parrish to the Crime Victims Compensation Board to serve a four-year term ending Sept. 30, 2024, succeeding Charles Dishman. It also reconfirmed Glen W. Smith to the State Board of...

Protecting Oklahomans right to vote

Protecting Oklahomans right to vote

We fulfilled our constitutional duty this week by sending a balanced budget to Gov. Stitt.              Given the hard times Oklahoma has faced the last couple of months, the outcome was better than expected.  The FY’21 budget is $7.7 billion, which is only 3% or...

Healing Oklahoma

Healing Oklahoma

Our state is facing another devastating budget year.  Between the economic fallout from the virus and the energy sector, our state revenues have been decimated. While we do have some money remaining in our state emergency funds, we have a tough road ahead of us....

House next stop for education reforms

House next stop for education reforms

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate has approved legislation to help keep emergency certified teachers in the classroom and strengthen bullying prevention in Oklahoma schools.  Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, is the author of the two bills.    SB 1115 allows the State Board of...

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