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Lawmakers looking ahead as legislation session comes to close

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Jun 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-16 17:49:04-04

This year one of the biggest priorities continued to be education

Both lawmakers and educators tell us they believe the climate on the topic is shifting.

This was the most freshman lawmakers Oklahoma has ever seen, making up about a third of the legislature.

Representative Shelia Dills tells us the group connected right away, and bipartisan efforts continued throughout the spring.

Dills was involved in multiple education bills herself, including increased transparency for charter schools and improving mental health services on campus.

The lawmaker says this will be an ongoing issue, especially as more voices get involved.

Shelia Dills, OK House District 69, "We funded education. We put in a teacher pay raise, we put money into the formula. We had so many good things happen for Oklahoma and I think we're going to continue this as long as the citizens of Oklahoma continue to elect like-minded people."

This was also the most women the legislature has seen.

Dills tells us that helped with collaboration, and offering a different perspective.

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