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Showing: May, 2012

Oklahomans who’ve had their homes and other property damaged in the latest round of storms need to be cautious when it comes to hiring someone to make roofing repairs. Failing to check out a roofer’s credentials could leave property owners out thousands of dollars with little or nothing to show for it.
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Sen. Newberry urges Oklahomans to verify if a roofer is legit.
Term-limited Senator Jonathan Nichols makes the motion to adjourn Sine Die.

Senate Republicans gathered Wednesday to demand a vote on an income tax cut agreement previously reached between Governor Fallin, Speaker Steele, and President Pro Tem Bingman. The agreement, announced on May 17th, was used in the final crafting of House Bill 3061. Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, flanked by the entire Senate Republican caucus, condemned House Republicans for backing out of a deal reached in good faith.
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Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman and Sen. Mike Mazzei comment on House tax announcement.

The Senate unveiled the latest artwork commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Preservation Fund Wednesday. The portrait of oil entrepreneur and Phillips Petroleum Company founder, Frank Phillips, was painted by renowned Oklahoma artist Wayne Cooper and sponsored by Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears, Rep. Steve Martin, ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66.

Before serving in the Senate, Sen. Ford had a 34-year career with the Phillips Petroleum Company so he was pleased to honor its founder.
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Unveiling ceremony. Speakers include Preservation Fund president Charles Ford, Sen. John Ford, and artist Wayne Cooper.
Sen. Cliff Aldridge and Patrick Anderson Press Conference on Native American Cultural Center

State Sen. Clark Jolley said news that the cooler had broken down at the state medical examiner’s office was just one of many examples of why it was crucial to move forward with plans to construct a new facility. The breakdown meant having to transfer 28 bodies to two refrigerated trucks.
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Sen. Jolley says cooler break down shows need to build new ME facility asap

The Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations has given approval to Senate Bill 1230, a measure Senate author Mike Mazzei said would result in meaningful income tax reductions that would stimulate the economy while truly protecting core services such as education, public safety, health care and transportation. The plan would reduce the top income tax rate to 5 percent in 2013 and 4.75 percent in 2014.
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Senate Republicans, Pro Tem Bingman and Sen. Mazzei present tax reform plan.

The Senate today approved a resolution commemorating the Centennial of Jim Thorpe’s gold-medal winning performances in the 1912 Olympic Games. Authored by Sen. David Holt, Senate Resolution 61 also celebrates Oklahoma’s rich Olympic tradition and the growing Olympic movement in Oklahoma. read more.

Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage discusses Senate income tax reduction plan presented by Senate Republicans.
Sen. Burrage gives Democratic response to tax cut proposal by Senate.

The full Senate has reaffirmed support of traditional marriage with the passage of Senate Resolution 62 by Sen. Clark Jolley on Monday. Jolley said the resolution, which was approved 40 to 4, was in reaction to President Obama’s recent announcement supporting same sex marriage.

“I believe traditional one man, one woman marriage is still the bedrock of our society. While the president’s stated views may have changed, I do not believe it reflects the values of this state,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “That’s why I authored this resolution.”
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Sen. Jolley's closing remarks on SR62.