Capitol Greetings: Nov 1, 2022

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 20:04

Capitol Greetings: Nov 1, 2022 Featured

Written by Rep. Jim Grego
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It’s hard to believe it's November already. There's an election on the horizon, and early voting will have started by the time this column is printed. For members of the House of Representatives – both state and congressional – this happens every two years, but this cycle really seems to be a storm of negativity. Thankfully, it will be over soon, and we can move forward. Our House Republican Caucus will meet next week as we look forward to the next legislative cycle.

Another political issue that seems to surface twice a year is daylight saving time. In Oklahoma, there has been a push in the past couple of years to stay in daylight saving time year-round. Other groups would like to stay on Central Standard Time year -round. One thing both sides agree on, they don’t like the change twice a year. Right now, federal law specifies that daylight time applies from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that do not specifically exempt themselves. This means that in March, those that observe daylight saving time spring forward by setting clocks ahead by an hour, and in November, we fall back by setting clocks back an hour. I understand Congress is trying to adjust this.

At the Capitol, we are wrapping up our interim studies. This week we've held studies on community sentencing and qualified immunity for police officers as well as one on the teachers' retirement system. We gain some valuable information through these studies. They help lawmakers determine whether new legislation is needed or if changes to existing statutes need to be made.

Once the election is over, we'll be swearing in new members of the Legislature and filing our bills for the next legislative session.

As I close out this week, I ask that everyone exercise your right and “Go Vote” for the candidate of your choosing.

As always, thank You for allowing me to serve you. I can be reached at (405) 557-7381 or by email at

  • Jim Grego serves District 17 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. His district includes Latimer County and parts of LeFlore and Pittsburg counties.

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