Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Oklahoma Senate Passes Second Bill to Move Presidential Primary to March

For the second time in as many weeks, the Oklahoma Senate has passed a bill to shift the Sooner state's presidential primary back from the first Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March. However, SB 602 differs from SB 808 -- passed last week -- in that the former not only changes the presidential primary date but it also alters the date on which statewide and local primaries are held. The statewide primaries would move from the last Tuesday in July to the last Tuesday in June.

The legislation has a state House equivalent (HB 1615) that is sponsored by the same representative -- Rules Committee chair, Rep. Gary Banz (R-101st, Midwest City) -- who sponsored the House version of SB 808 (HB 1614). Now all four bills are being considered in the House.

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