Quick facts about the Oklahoma legislative session

Oklahoman Modified: February 2, 2013 at 11:57 pm •  Published: February 3, 2013

How it works

Oklahoma's 54th Legislature

What you need to know about this year's


• This year's legislative session begins Monday.

• There are 101 members of the House and 48 members of the Senate.

• In the Senate, there are 36 Republicans and 12 Democrats. There were 32 Republicans and 16 Democrats at the end of last year's session.

• Four Senators are women.

• Eight are freshmen: seven Republicans and one Democrat.

• In the House, there are 72 Republicans and 29 Democrats, up from 67 and 31 respectively, with three vacancies, at the end of last year's session.

• Sixteen representatives are women.

• Sixteen are freshmen: 13 Republicans and three Democrats.

• Both bodies typically meet Monday through Thursday.

• To become law, a bill must be passed in both the House and the Senate and be signed by Gov. Mary Fallin. A Fallin veto can be overridden by two-thirds majority vote in both houses.

• Meeting schedules, bill information, individual lawmaker bios and contacts and live streaming of session meetings — including many committee meetings — are available online.


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