Rep. Duel: Legislature recognizes National Guard

We are over halfway done with session!

This week we passed over 300 Senate Bills out of House Committees.

Now, I have three Senate Bills eligible to be heard on the House floor: SB398, SB483 and SB34.

It’s been exciting to watch these bills advance with such wide support, and I am eager for these bills’ final steps before potentially becoming law! I look forward to next week as we will start hearing Senate Bills on the House floor. 

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Legislature gathered in a joint session for Oklahoma National Guard Appreciation Day.

Major General Thomas H. Mancino, the Adjutant General of the Oklahoma National Guard, spoke to the crowd ahead of Gov. Kevin Stitt, who proclaimed April 11, 2023, as Oklahoma National Guard Appreciation Day in recognition for their courage and bravery while serving the state and nation in domestic missions and global conflicts.

I want to thank the 8,600 men and women who serve and everyone else who has defended our state and nation.

Over the past several weeks, the focus has been on education funding. In February, the House passed House Bills 2775 and 1935, which was our proposal to give tax credits to parents who want educational choices for their children, but that also built in teacher pay raises with additional funding so local public schools could increase support personnel if they so desired.

This plan did a great job investing in education for all Oklahoman children. However, the Senate disagreed with our proposals and made several significant amendments to the two bills.

House Republicans are interested in an education plan that provides opportunity and funding for all Oklahoma students, regardless of where they live in the state.

I am thankful and honored that the constituents of House District 31 have entrusted me with the responsibility of serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns at 405-557-7350 or

Rep. Collin Duel, a Republican, serves District 31 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which covers Logan and Oklahoma counties


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