Your quick guide to the upcoming legislative session: The issues, leaders, salaries and more

The legislative session begins Monday, and more than 2,800 pieces of legislation have been filed. The laws that are passed will affect your life. This is a quick guide to the session, but if you want more information, click on the links included below.

If you are interested in contacting a lawmaker, click here for tips on the best ways to communicate with them.

When does the session start and end?

Who is the controlling party?


Republicans control the governor’s office, along with the House and Senate by wide margins. Republicans hold 116 of the 149 seats in the two chambers.

How many people are in the House?

101. There are 77 Republicans and 24 Democrats. (Representatives are elected every two years.)

How many people are in the Senate?

48. There are 39 Republicans and 9 Democrats. (Senators are elected every four years.)

How many new members are in the House and Senate?

The 2018 election season produced significant change. There are 59 new members in the House and Senate.House: 47* Senate: 12* One Senate member, George Young, D-Oklahoma City, served in the House last year.

How many men and women?

House: 79 men, 22 women.Senate: 39 men, 9 women. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Who are the leaders this session?

Governor: Kevin Stitt, R-TulsaSpeaker of the House: Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka.Senate President Pro Tem: Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.House Minority Leader: Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman.Senate Minority Leader: Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City.

How much are the salaries?

How much money will there be for appropriations this session?

About $8 billion is expected to be available this session. The equalization board will announce the official total soon. Appropriations aren’t the entire budget, but it’s the money that lawmakers control (and debate how to spend). A year ago, the Legislature’s appropriated budget was $7.545 billion.

Who gets the most money in the appropriated budget?

Here were the top 10 appropriations in the last fiscal year. The number in parentheses reflects the percentage of the total appropriated budget. For example, common education received the most, and it was 38.6 percent of the total appropriated budget.

What are a few key issues?

Education: Will there be more teacher raises or additional money for classrooms?Medical marijuana: Will lawmakers make changes to the current rules?Criminal justice reform: Will momentum continue in the effort to reduce incarceration rates?

What are some of the bills that have been filed?

There are more than 2,800 bills and joint resolutions. They cover a wide range of topics. A few:* What legal consequences could teachers face if they go on strike?* Will you be able to legally drive 80 mph on toll roads?* Can you legally carry a gun without any training?* Will abortion be classified as a homicide?

How can I contact my legislator?

Find a list of legislators, how to reach them by phone or email and more information:Senate: 405-524-0126House: 405-521-2711 or 800-522-8502To email your senator, click here.To email your representative, click here.If you don’t know your who your senator or representative is, click here.