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OKLAHOMA CITY – With deer gun season starting this weekend, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, wants to remind Oklahoma’s veterans about the Stars and Stripes License Project.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With deer gun season starting this weekend, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, wants to remind Oklahoma’s veterans about the Stars and Stripes License Project.

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State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed a series of election integrity bills on Wednesday to further strengthen and secure the state’s election systems and encourage the United States Congress to do the same.

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Senate Democrats Take Oath of Office

Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus:

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, released the following statement regarding Governor Stitt's executive order concerning masks in state buildings and for state employees:

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When we talk about education and appropriations, many Oklahomans think we’re only talking about K-12 schools. This week, I’d like to break down state education funding in the budget and the various agencies under the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. While some of the entities within this subcommittee also receive federal funding, we’re going to look at the state dollars that go into education.

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State Sen. Carri Hicks, co-chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Diabetes Caucus, announced a “Diabetes Action Day” will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at Oklahoma City’s Skydance Bridge, which will be lit blue to promote diabetes awareness. 

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at various issues related to our state budget, from how we use revenues from the lottery and medical marijuana, to funding for state services, including health care and corrections.  This week, we’re going to break down the actual budget process itself. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Legislative Diabetes Caucus kicked off Diabetes Awareness Month on Thursday by hosting an informational meeting to share their initiatives to raise awareness for the disease in Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate announced dates for a series of redistricting town hall meetings to be held across the state in the coming weeks.

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I want to thank everyone for taking the time to look at our weekly Budget Break Down articles and for sharing your comments and questions.  One topic I’m frequently asked about is what happened to all of the lottery money? 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bipartisan Senate interim study held Tuesday at the Capitol took an in-depth look at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission’s (OESC) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lessons learned, and how those lessons will be applied in the future.  The study was requested by Business, Commerce and Tourism chair, Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, and Senate Democratic Floor Leader, Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Chuck Hall, R-Perry, and Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, held a bipartisan study Tuesday to examine Oklahoma’s use of pre-paid benefit cards. The state contracts with New Jersey-based Conduent for a majority of state benefit cards including tax refunds, government assistance and unemployment benefits.

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At statehood, Oklahoma did not yet have its own prison system—inmates had to be sent to Kansas. When Kate Barnard, our first Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, uncovered the horrific treatment of Oklahoma prisoners, she worked hard to establish the construction of the state’s first prison and the establishment of a three-tiered state prison system, which included a penitentiary, a reformatory and a boys’ training school. 

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State Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on Thursday regarding Gov. Kevin Stitt’s announcement that the state’s public health lab will be moved to Stillwater.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In a bipartisan interim study hosted by Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, on Wednesday, legislators heard from experts and non-profit leaders about the benefits of Pay for Success programs and how expanding their footprint across the state could save the state millions of taxpayer dollars. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, voiced his support for the new public health laboratory and the Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater.  He said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of such a facility to prepare Oklahoma for future pandemic or bioterrorism responses.

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“The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board’s decision to begin termination proceedings of Epic One-on-One’s contract is good news for Oklahoma public schools and taxpayers. I’ve talked to members of the board on numerous occasions over the last few years about Epic’s misuse of public funds, dual enrollment and outrageous administrative costs and was, essentially, ignored. Now that the school is under state and federal investigation, and the State Auditor’s office has brought to light all the school’s violations of state law, I’m glad this Board is finally ready to do its job.  

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