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Showing: April, 2003

Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 30 For Immediate Release: April 30, 2003 Clip
LR Rep. Tad Jones, Sen. Mike Johnson, Senate Republican Leader James A. Williamson and Rep. Susan Winchester talk about education funding levels for FY 0
Public Education Funding Increasing by read more.

Sen. Williamson explains that with all revenue sources, common ed will have highest funding levels ever.

For years, raffles have been a tried and true fundraiser for many nonprofit organizations throughout Oklahoma. However, under current law, its illegal. But that could be changing now that the State Senate has given final approval to SB 3.
The bill, which was written by Senator Frank Shurden, DHenryetta, and coauthored by Senator Johnnie Crutchfield, DArdmore, and Representative Don Armes, RFaxon, would make charitable raffles legal in Oklahoma. read more.

Sen. Shurden explains that SB 837 would allow raffles if a lottery is approved.

Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 30 For Immediate Release: April 29, 2003 Clip
Senate President Pro Tempore
Cal Hobson
Senator Hobson Comments on Investigative Audit read more.

Sen. Hobson comments on tank fund audit.

A bill to protect money Oklahomans put aside for their childrens education is now law, after Governor Brad Henry approved Senate Bill 32 by Senator Mike Morgan, DStillwater and Representative Debbie Blackburn, DOKC on Tuesday.
Senator Morgan explained that without SB 32, if an individual were sued and a court handed down a judgment against them, funds set aside in an Oklahoma College Savings plan could have been seized to help pay that judgment. read more.

Sen. Morgan explains how SB 312 protects funds in Oklahoma College Savings Plan accounts.

Senator Keith Leftwich, author of Senate Bill 3, cleared the final legislative hurdle today. The Democrat from South Oklahoma City enabled final passage of the bill on the Senate floor. The bill will change the date of the Presidential Primary to the first Tuesday in February and is now on its way to the Governors desk for his approval. By making the primary election date so early in the game, SB 3 will place Oklahoma at the forefront of the Presidential Primary and will also draw candidates to campaign in our state, said Senator Leftwich. read more.

Sen. Leftwich explains the purpose of moving Oklahoma's presidential primary date.

Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 30 For Immediate Release: April 2, 2003 Clip
Senate Republican Leader James A. WIlliamson, flanked by other Republican legislative leaders, answers questions about tort reform
Republicans Offer Minimum Standards read more.

Sen. Williamson, Rep. Hiett, Rep. Ericson and Sen. Pruitt speak about Republican standards for tort reform.

State Senator Glenn Coffee has won approval from the governor on a bill aimed at unsolicited commercial Emails, also known as spam. Senate Bill 0 was signed into law by Governor Brad Henry on Tuesday.
This is really a consumer protection measure. The Internet has created a new way of staying in touch and sharing important information. Unfortunately, having your inbox filled with dozens of unwanted sales ads has turned this convenience into a headache for many users, explained Senator Coffee, ROKC. read more.

Sen. Coffee says SB 660 is aimed as unwanted spam.
Confederate Flag Bill Clears Senate

The Senate has now joined the House in approving a compromise measure for displaying the Confederate flag at the new State History Center, rather than the State Capitol south flag plaza.
Senate author Angela Monson said House Bill 00 was overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday.
Its been about years since this debate began a debate that at times has been very emotional and divisive. I believe HB 00 presents a sensible and appropriate compromise, explained Senator Monson, DOKC. read more.

Sen. Monson discusses bill to determine where the Confederate flag should be displayed.

State Senator Cliff Aldridge is kicking off a new program to reward the everyday efforts of classroom teachers in his district. On the third Thursday of each month, teachers from the MidDel and ChoctawNicoma Park School Districts will be able to get a 0 percent discount at a local restaurant for lunch or dinner. Educators need to present their teacher ID to receive the discount. read more.

Sen. Aldridge talks about how he began his teacher appreciation program.

Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 30 For Immediate Release: April , 2003 Clip
Sen. Jim Reynolds
Senator Reynolds Says Increasing Hunting and Fishing
License Fees a Bad Idea Senator Jim Reynolds, ROKC, criticized two House bills Wednesday for the fee increases they establish for fishing and hunting licenses. read more.

Sen. Reynolds says fishing permit fee hikes are too high for families.