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With the state Capitol restoration project just two years away from completion, Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson called Wednesday’s grand opening of the new ground floor visitor entrance a milestone in Oklahoma history.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, said there are about 80 phone hotlines operated by various state agencies and advocacy groups, including those designed to help Oklahoma children and youth. An interim study Floyd requested to take a closer look at those emergency lines was held Monday at the state Capitol.

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Senate Majority Leader Kim David is the latest Oklahoman to receive the Oklahoma National Guard’s highest civilian honor—The Oklahoma Medal of Freedom.  David, the wife and mother of current and former guard members, was honored for her work in the Senate over the past decade on behalf of the Oklahoma National Guard and its members. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include former governors George Nigh, Frank Keating and Brad Henry.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After serving three years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Sen. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, will continue his service to the citizens of Lincoln, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties in the Oklahoma Senate. Taylor was joined by his family for an intimate ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Senate joined the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) on Thursday to host a blood drive for Senate members and staffers aiming to alleviate the shortage of blood caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, made the following statement as the 2020 legislative session wound down Friday:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Unemployed Oklahomans who are self-employed rallied at the state Capitol Monday wanting answers to why their claims have not been fulfilled after weeks of waiting.  Sen. Mary Boren has been working tirelessly trying to get answers as many unemployed Oklahomans are facing eviction and other financial troubles.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved a bill giving a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to state retirees.  The measure was approved Friday on a bipartisan vote of 41-5.  Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3350.

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