Oklahoma convenes a new legislature every two years and 2019 will mark the opening of the 57th legislature. When the dust settled after the Nov. 6, 2018, elections, not much changed.

Of the 101 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, 76 will be Republicans and 25 will be Democrats. Currently, there are no Independents or third party members in the House.

At the end of last session, there were 73 Republicans and 28 Democrats in the House. The percentages that are most interesting relate to emergency enactments and rules suspensions. Both of those procedures require 68 votes.

What that means is that in the last legislature there were enough Republicans to pass any law that they wanted and to adopt an emergency effective date that they wanted and to suspend any legislative rule that they wanted.

 

 

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