We have just completed week 10 passing 96 bills plus 59 appropriation bills off the Senate floor.
We will continue to hear House bills on the Senate floor for the next two weeks. The deadline for these bills is April 22, so the next two weeks will be very busy.
This past Wednesday was 4-H Day at the Capitol.
This is one of my favorite days of the legislative session being that 4-H is so close to my heart.
We had hundreds of 4-H students, teachers and supporters spend the day sharing their stories with legislators and staff about this wonderful program. I really appreciate everyone who came to help educate others about the wonderful contributions that 4-H is making to our local communities and our state as a whole.
4-H is the largest youth organization in Oklahoma, serving nearly 150,000 youth between the ages of 5 and 19 through the fourfold development of the "Head, Heart, Hands, and Health" of every member.
It’s a tremendous program that has been bringing young people together for over 100 years to learn leadership, citizenship and life skills that will play a vital role in their success as adults
Oklahoma's 4-H program also has around 1,000 youth volunteers and 3,400 adult volunteers. The value of our 4-H volunteers' community service here in Oklahoma is estimated as a nearly $800,000 investment in the future - a future that we must all share.
These are the kinds of things that we're hoping to open people's eyes to by having this special day at the Capitol. People misunderstand the organization, thinking it's only about raising and showing farm animals, but it is so much more than that.
The organization, part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service provided by Langston University and Oklahoma State University, is a program where youth learn together through various kinds of projects, events and activities.
We had a special presentation on the Senate Floor recognizing all of our special guests from 4-H. We had two outstanding young men address the Senate about their experiences in 4-H.