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Rules Committee, Oklahoma State Senate

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The Rules Committee is a standing committee of the Oklahoma State Senate.

Per Section 7-2 of the Senate Rules, committees of the Oklahoma State Senate are assigned by the President Pro Tempore.[1] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. The President Pro Tempore shall appoint, subject to the approval of the Senate, the Majority Caucus members and the chair and vice-chair of each standing committee.[1] The Minority Floor Leader shall appoint, subject to the approval of the Senate, the minority membership of all standing committees. Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees after members have been appointed will be filled by the President Pro Tempore or the Minority Floor Leader, as appropriate.[1] The vacancy appointment will be subject to the approval of the Senate. The President Pro Tempore and the Majority Floor Leader are considered to be ex officio members with voting rights of all standing committees.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rule 2013-2014


This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The Rules Committee shall determine any policies of the Senate submitted to it by the President Pro Tempore. The Rules Committee shall have the duty of approving any language expressing legislative intent prior to such language being included in a bill or joint resolution. If a bill or joint resolution is filed which includes language expressing legislative intent, the bill or joint resolution shall be assigned to the Rules Committee for approval or removal of such language prior to the bill or resolution’s consideration by another committee; provided, bills or resolutions assigned to the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget shall be exempt from this provision.[2]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Rules Members, 2013
Democratic members (5)Republican members (15)
Constance JohnsonAJ Griffin, Chair
Al McAffreyRob Johnson, Vice-chair
Jabar ShumateDon Barrington
John SparksCliff Branan
Charles WyrickRick Brinkley
Kim David
Eddie Fields
John Ford
Jim Halligan
Clark Jolley
Ron Justice
Bryce Marlatt
Frank Simpson
Rob Standridge
Gary Stanislawski


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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