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37th Oklahoma Legislature

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President of the Senate:  Spencer Bernard (D)
Speaker of the House:  Daniel Draper (D)
President Pro Tem of the Senate:  Gene C. Howard (D)
37th Oklahoma Legislature
Term:  January 1979-January 6, 1981
Composition:  Senate 37      11      House 79      24

The Thirty-seventh Oklahoma Legislature was a meeting of the legislative branch of the government of Oklahoma, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It met in Oklahoma City from January 2 to July 2, 1979, from January 8 to June 16, 1980, and from July 7 to 11, 1980, during the term of Governor George Nigh.

Contents

The 1980 session was marked by the elimination of the Legislative Council, the Nursing Reform Act and the implementation of teacher testing and professional development.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Bernard served as the President of the Senate. Gene C. Howard served as the President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and Daniel Draper served as the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Frank Keating served as the leader of the state senate Republican caucus and Neal McCaleb served as the leader of the Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Dates of sessions

  • First regular session: January 2-July 2, 1979
  • Second regular session: January 8-June 16, 1980
  • Special session: July 7–11, 1980
  • Previous: 36th Legislature • Next: 38th Legislature

    Enacted

  • Education reform - House Bill 1706 in 1980 addressed teacher education, certification and professional development.
  • Nursing Reform Act
  • Abolishment of Legislative Council
  • Democratic

    In Oklahoma, the lieutenant governor serves as President of the Oklahoma Senate, which gives he or she the authority to preside over the chamber and break tie votes. Lieutenant Governor Spencer Bernard served in the role in the 37th Oklahoma Legislature. Gene C. Howard served as President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, who is the Senate leader elected by state senators. Daniel Draper served as the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Mike Murphy served as the Speaker Pro Tempore.

    Republican

    Frank Keating served as the Republican Minority leader of the Oklahoma Senate. Representative Neal McCaleb served as the Republican Minority leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

    Senate

    Table based on 2005 state almanac.

    House of Representatives

  • Table based on government database.
  • References

    37th Oklahoma Legislature Wikipedia


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