Sen. Griffin welcomes new executive assistant to the Oklahoma State Senate

Guthrie resident Kala Plagg (right) is now on the job at the state Capitol as executive assistant to Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, representing District 20.

Sen. Griffin welcomes new executive assistant to the Oklahoma State Senate

When citizens visit State Sen. AJ Griffin’s office at 23rd and Lincoln, they’ll be greeted by a new face — but even though Kala Plagg is new to the Capitol, she’s not new to Senate District 20. Plagg has been a native of Guthrie for four decades and raised her children in the state’s first […]

Senate Minutes with AJ Griffin

Senate Minutes with AJ Griffin

This month I served on a panel for the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition Summit.  We heard from experts who talked about how an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE) such as abuse, neglect, divorce, parental incarceration and poverty or witnessing domestic abuse or substance abuse can hinder children in school.  Unfortunately, Oklahoma has one of the highest […]

Sen. Griffin honored for 100 percent support of legislation for agriculture, rural Oklahoma

Sen. Griffin honored for 100 percent support of legislation for agriculture, rural Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau (OKFB) is applauding lawmakers who are now a part of their 100 Percent Club for voting in favor of key legislation important to farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma during the 2017 session.  Sen. AJ Griffin, who is chair of the Senate’s Rural Caucus, is among those being recognized by the organization […]

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

If you are not familiar with the legislative process, you may not know that there are actually several different kinds of legislation filed each session. For example a bill is a proposed new law or a proposed current law to be presented to the Legislature for consideration. There are other kinds of legislation besides bills […]

Legislation updating, streamlining sex offender registration becomes law

Legislation updating, streamlining sex offender registration becomes law

Legislation improving the state’s sex offender registry law has been signed by the governor.  Senate Bill 217, by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Mike Osburn, modifies Oklahoma’s current sex offender registration law to streamline the notification process between local law enforcement, the courts and the Department of Corrections (DOC) and, in certain cases, will require […]

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

We have critical needs in our core services, including education, health and mental health, public safety and transportation. 

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

With more than half of the 2017 legislative session behind us, committee and floor votes in both chambers have been largely focused on legislation dealing with public policy issues in a variety of areas—criminal justice, education, public safety and more.  But in addition to meeting deadlines for committee and floor passage of those measures, work […]

House approves bill to increase Oklahomans’ access to health care

HB 1013 will remove financial, statutory barriers for nurse practitioners; measure giving nurse practitioners full practice authority heads to Senate

House approves bill to increase Oklahomans’ access to health care

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two weeks after dozens of nurse practitioners visited the state Capitol to speak with lawmakers, the House of Representatives passed a measure aimed at improving access to health care services across Oklahoma.

Child advocacy organization praises Sen. Griffin for legislation promoting public/private partnerships for social programs

Child advocacy organization praises Sen. Griffin for legislation promoting public/private partnerships for social programs

State Sen. AJ Griffin’s legislation to enhance partnerships between the Department of Human Services and Oklahoma’s non-profit and private sectors has won the praise of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA).  Griffin’s measure, Senate Bill 748, would help Oklahoma address problems associated with poverty, incarceration and mental health outcomes.

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

We’re in the final weeks of the legislative session, and although there are a few policy bills still awaiting final action, for the most part, the focus from now until the end of session will be on completing work on the budget for fiscal year 2017, which begins this July 1.