Our first week was cut short by the inclement weather conditions. Typical Oklahoma weather – in the 70s one day and snowing the next. Just as the schools were shut down on Wednesday, so were our state agencies. We also opened late on Thursday morning to make sure the roads were safe before everyone traveled to the Capitol.
This month, we’ll be moving from committees to the Floor and back to committees. Our daily schedules are available online at www.oksenate.gov. In between committee meetings and Floor proceedings, we’re in our offices handling legislative business and meeting with constituents and state agencies about legislation.
Last week, we had Homeschool Day, and had some friendly visitors who delivered delicious cookies to the office. We appreciated their thoughtfulness and enjoyed visiting about homeschooling.
Unfortunately, Rose Day had to be cancelled on Wednesday because of the inclement weather. This has been an ongoing tradition for 29 years. Organized by Oklahoma Baptists and other pro-life organizations, this event gathers thousands of pro-life advocates from around the state to fight for the unborn at Capitol. Participants bring roses to their legislators with notes and Bible verses encouraging them to support pro-life legislation. It’s a beautiful event and hopefully they can reschedule it during this session. I will continue to fight for conservative, traditional values and for the innocent unborn.
It was a hard week for our friends in the Newcastle and Moore areas. Our hearts go out to the Newcastle community and high school. Last Tuesday, sophomore Emily Waymire was killed in a car wreck. Her mother, Tari, and sister, Miranda, survived the crash. Our prayers are with this family as they deal with the tragic loss of their loved one.
Last Monday afternoon, six members of the Moore High School cross country team were involved in a tragic hit and run while at practice. Senior Rachel Freeman was killed and Sophomore Yuridia Martinez later passed at the hospital. As a parent, I can’t imagine the pain these families are suffering. Our prayers are with them all and especially for Rachel and Yuridia’s families. I saw a touching testament from Rachel’s dad that has been shared over 14,000 times on Facebook. The faith and love in this family is strong and admirable.
You can go to Facebook and find GoFundMe links to support these families. God bless these families and others who are dealing with loss and grant them strength and peace in the coming days and weeks.
If you have any legislative questions or concerns, I can be reached at email@example.com or (405) 521-5522. You can also write me at the state Capitol at Sen. Paul Scott, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 428, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.