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Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, sent a letter to Attorney General John O’Connor Thursday requesting he inform local school boards and administrators adopting mask mandates to implement them according to established guidelines and provide those and any potential harms to parents.

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On the heels of an interim study dedicated to examining Oklahoma’s agricultural sales tax exemption, Sen. Casey Murdock said he’s preparing to file a measure ahead of the next legislative session to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to renew their sales tax exemption card.

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State Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, and Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, held a joint interim study Tuesday analyzing pediatric suicide rates in the state, to discover policy changes or prevention services that could decrease suicide in Oklahoma’s youngest citizens.

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Thousands of agricultural producers in Oklahoma claim an agricultural sales tax exemption – a tool that keeps farmers and ranchers, as well as agricultural businesses, profitable in a competitive market.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, released the following statement in opposition of the president's vaccine mandate:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – For the past decade, suicide rates for Oklahoma youth have been above the national average.  According to a report issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the state ranked 10th highest in the nation for youth suicide rates from 2012 to 2016.  On the average, two Oklahomans ages 10-24 die by suicide every week.  Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd hopes events like September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month can help shine a spotlight on suicide and reduce the stigma that may prevent Oklahomans from seeking the help they need.

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The agricultural industry has a significant impact on Oklahoma’s economy, and Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee vice chairman Roland Pederson said it’s time to review who qualifies for agricultural sales tax exemptions in the state.

An interim study – “Finding a pathway for equitable farm tax exemptions” – will take a deep dive into this issue in the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding met Wednesday to review the progress made in establishing the state’s process for utilizing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The agricultural industry has a significant impact on Oklahoma’s economy, and Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee vice chairman Roland Pederson said it’s time to review who qualifies for agricultural sales tax exemptions in the state.

An interim study – “Finding a pathway for equitable farm tax exemptions” – will take a deep dive into this issue in the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, has been reappointed as commissioner of a national law enforcement organization aimed at improving public safety.  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

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Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, released the following statement Wednesday after an Oklahoma County District Court hearing on Senate Bill 658.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Assessments began on Wednesday, Sept. 1 that will ultimately enable the state to eliminate the waiting list for developmental disability home and community-based services.  That’s according to Sen. Paul Rosino, vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, who have been working with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to address the issue.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Rob Standridge said too few Oklahomans are being given information about the benefits of monoclonal antibodies. In order to counter that, Standridge, R-Norman, recently contacted Cleveland County Commissioners Rod Cleveland, Darry Stacy, and Harold Haralson, and recommended they work together to develop a plan to help better inform the public about how these treatments can reduce hospitalizations and death from COVID-19 and where they can get them.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The chairs of the Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives redistricting committees announced Oct. 10 as the deadline for public map submissions for congressional redistricting.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, Oklahoma’s high school students will join thousands of other students around the country in taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Officially signed into law during the legislative session, a ceremonial signing was held last week at the Capitol for Senate Bill 642. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, was the Senate author of the measure and said it will provide another free tool for students as they begin examining possible careers.

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State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, has filed a measure modifying the No Patient Left Alone Act, which was approved by the Legislature during the 2021 session and will go into effect on Nov. 1. Senate Bill 1096 would ensure patients hospitalized during a declared health emergency could be visited by a pastor, minister, spiritual advisor or other religious leader.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With students returning to the classroom soon, Sen. Carri Hicks wants to make sure new mothers in Oklahoma schools are aware of a recent state law protecting their rights. This session, the Oklahoma City Democrat authored Senate Bill 121, which became law on July 1, requiring school districts to allow their employees time during the workday to express milk or nurse.

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On the heels of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 658, by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, and Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, Standridge said the bill is about protecting parental rights and the right to privacy.  SB 658 prohibits schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and bars schools, including colleges and universities, from requiring students who haven’t received the vaccine to wear masks.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s sexual assault and rape kit backlog is continuing to pile up, and Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd plans to study the progress of analyzing the backlog and provide an update on the current sexual assault cases pending testing.

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In a letter sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday, State Sen. Warren Hamilton requested the governor convene a special session for the Legislature to prevent private businesses from requiring employees to be vaccinated. The McCurtain Republican said he’d like to see the Legislature prohibit any entity from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.

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