State Lawmakers Close Out The Legislative Session

Friday, May 28th 2021, 7:04 pm
By: Storme Jones


State Lawmakers are back in their hometowns after closing out the legislative session. 

During the first half of the 58th legislature, lawmakers passed tax cuts, boosts to education, investments in broadband, controversial bills on race and a slew of abortion bills signed into law. 

State budget negotiations yielded the largest ever investment in education, restoring COVID-19 cuts and putting $800 million back in savings. 

Four anti-abortion bills were signed into law including one banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat. 

A legislative watch dog cast doubt on the way Governor Kevin Stitt spent millions in COVID-19 relief funds. 

On the education front, lawmakers passed an open transfer policy allowing students to transfer without permission from their home district. Lawmakers mandated a citizenship test to graduate high school. 

And perhaps the most controversial, lawmakers passed HB 1775 banning teaching certain divisive topics. 

Gov. Stitt was kicked off the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission as a result of signing the law. 

A bill that cleared the House but not the Senate, SB2 banning transgender girls from competing in women's sports. Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat declined to hear the bill. 

Lawmakers also completed the constitutional duty of redistricting legislative districts. They'll likely return in October to finalize plans once new census data is available.