2014 Tzi-Zho Session Day 1

2014 TZI-ZHO SESSION DAY ONE: The Fourth Osage Nation Congress convened Sept. 2 for its first day of the 24-day session, which will be primarily used for considering and taking action on the Nation’s 2015 fiscal year governmental budgets.

During the hour-long session, the Congress members introduced several pieces of legislation including the budget bills that are now in the committees of their jurisdiction for initial consideration and action by those respective committees including governmental operations, commerce and economic development, cultural and health/ social services.

The Congressional committees will also consider initial action on other matters including consideration of confirming the recent board/ commission appointments by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear, but dates regarding the appointees have yet to be set. 

This morning, the Congress also voted by majority to meet three days per week during the first 10 days of the session (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). The proposed schedule came from Congressional Speaker Maria Whitehorn who recommended the Congressional committees use Tuesdays and Thursdays to focus on the committees’ legislative and budget matters. 

The Congressional committees will also meet on the other three days as needed and schedules are posted to the ON Congressional webpage 

Whitehorn’s recommendation was put into a motion by Congresswoman Shannon Edwards to meet on Sept. 3, 5, 8, 10 and 12. The motion passed by voice vote with a “no” vote by Congresswoman Alice Buffalohead.

The Congress, which typically votes at the end of each session day on the next session meeting date and time, then voted to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 3.