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Sen. Treat February 25, 2021 Media Availability

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Rules Committee has approved Senate Bill 253, authored by Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, which would modify declaration of candidacy forms for citizens seeking to hold public office.

The measure would require candidates to provide the date they registered as a voter of the political party they are running for as well as his or her voter registration identification number.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Judiciary Committee has given unanimous approval to a bill to help law enforcement locate kidnap victims faster.  Sen. Darrell Weaver is the author of Senate Bill 272, the “Kelsey Smith Act,” which would require cell phone companies to provide phone location information to law enforcement in emergency situations, such as an abduction. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Hundreds of Oklahoma teaching positions are empty, and a 2017 statute allowing retired teachers to return to the classroom with no limitations on earnings expired June 30, 2020. The Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 267 Thursday to extend the earnings exemption through 2024.  Senate Education Committee Vice Chairman, Sen.

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The Senate unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 on Thursday to encourage and invite exhibitors, breed associations and partners to return to Oklahoma in 2022 and again participate in the second annual Cattlemen’s Congress show. The resolution was authored by Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt.   

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Sen. Treat February 11, 2021 Media Availability

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The full Senate has given its approval to a measure codifying the authority for cities and towns to adopt ordinances enabling the painting of blue lines and the posting of signage in support of law enforcement.  Senate Bill 834, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, was approved on Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) Oklahoma currently has twice as many military tax-exempt certificates as 100% disabled veterans in the state. Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, has filed Senate Bill 415 to stop this fraudulent use of the disabled veterans sales tax exemption.

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The full Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for a measure requiring standardized investigations following sudden, unexplained infant deaths. Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-Midwest City, is the principal author of Senate Bill 95.

“Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate has been higher than the national average since 1992,” Stanley said.  “Having accurate data from thorough, standardized investigations would help us be proactive with policies and statutes that can help save lives.  That’s exactly what SB 95 would do.” 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure to allow teachers and other school employees who are nursing the same rights as state and federal employees was passed unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. Sen. Carri Hicks, D-OKC, is the author of Senate Bill 121 requiring school district boards of education to adopt a policy allowing school employees who are lactating to take paid break time to maintain their milk supply.

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