Sen. Dave Rader

State Senator
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State budget issues dominate in May


The legislature is required by law to complete its work and finalize the budget to adjourn sine die no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May.  With that date just a little more than a week away, we have been working diligently to meet this deadline on time and agree on a […]

Painting an honest picture of schools


With so much attention turned to education this session, I’d like to take the opportunity to talk about the positive attributes of Oklahoma public education that may not be so well known, but should be, as well as giving some not-so-positive statistics along the way.  You choose. According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, the […]

Bill filing deadline passed


We have passed the deadline for the third reading of bills in the House of Origin, meaning measures that were not heard by the March 23rd deadline are now considered dead for this year, but could be brought back for consideration next year. For reference, there were 877 Senate Bills and Senate Joint Resolutions introduced […]

Assuming an awesome responsibility


We are six weeks into the legislative session and while it’s only been a relatively short time, much has been learned already here at the Capitol. In fact, the first lesson learned is that there is a bunch to be learned – anything from bills to be considered, rules of the Senate, and the many […]

REAL ID, midwives and vaccines…


This week there were several committee votes and the REAL ID vote made it to the Senate floor for approval.  I voted in favor of the REAL ID proposal for two reasons. First, this is a federal mandate and Oklahoma was facing a rapidly approaching hard deadline. Secondly, and more importantly, the bill offers the […]

Session opens with important issues


The first session of the 56th legislature convened a few weeks ago and we now turn our focus on what lies ahead in the coming months. On the first day of session, we heard from the governor in her annual State of State address where she shared her goals for the state, highlighting specific areas […]