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Oklahoma's 56th Legislative Session Begins
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:00 AM

Oklahoma Legislative Session

The opening gavel fell Monday signaling the beginning of Oklahoma’s 56th State Legislature and a four-month session expected to be fraught with political urgency to fix the budget, raise teacher pay, and gauge the state's appetite for more criminal justice reform.

During her seventh State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin focused on policy and spending, and she gave lawmakers a budget proposal based on the state's $868 million shortfall. She proposed that several agencies get an extra appropriation that will keep them running until the next fiscal year.

Although Feb. 6 was the formal start of the session, preliminary work on behalf of Oklahoma credit unions has been underway for several months.

"Lots of work goes into preparing for session," said Nate Webb, president of the Oklahoma Credit Union Association. "Getting input from our credit unions, researching issues, developing legislative language, and securing authors are all essential steps that have to be taken well before session convenes."

Several bills under consideration this year were introduced on behalf of Oklahoma credit unions.

"Data breach, perfection of liens, compliance with the REAL ID Act, and simplifying the process for judgment creditors to obtain information are just a few of the bills we are promoting on behalf of our membership," said Webb.

For additional information, please contact Nate Webb at 405-445-1510 or nwebb@okcua.coop.