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Showing: August, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Senator Adam Pugh has been appointed to chair the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary.  Senate Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat announced he tapped the Edmond Republican for the position last week.  

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A legislative working group has made good progress in its work to develop recommendations for the implementation of medical marijuana, said the Senate President Pro Tempore-designate and Oklahoma House Speaker.

Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall appointed bipartisan members from their respective chambers to work on permanent recommendations for the implementation of medical marijuana following the passage of State Question 788.

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State Sen. Roger Thompson said he and other legislative and state leaders successfully worked with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to give the first across-the-board reimbursement rate increases since 2009. Long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes will receive a four percent increase, while other Soonercare (Oklahoma Medicaid) providers, including hospitals, will receive a three percent increase. The rate increases are expected to go into effect on October 1.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Senator Dewayne Pemberton has been appointed to chair the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.  Senate Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat announced he tapped the Muskogee Republican for the position last week. 

Pemberton, who was elected to serve in the State Senate in 2016, has previously served as a member of the Senate Standing Committee for Education, as well as the Appropriations, Energy, and Agriculture & Wildlife committees.  Pemberton said he’s looking forward to his new leadership role on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

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State Sen. James Leewright has been honored for his efforts to support law enforcement and better protect law-abiding citizens.  Leewright, R-Bristow, was given the Oklahoma Legislative Award this month, an honor awarded by the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association (OSA).

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Members of the public have another way to share their input on the regulation and implementation of medical marijuana in Oklahoma courtesy of a new e-mail address announced by the Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem-designate and the Oklahoma House Speaker.

Last week's meeting of the legislative working group on medical marijuana implementation appointed by Pro Tem-designate Greg Treat and Speaker Charles McCall featured a public comment period. Nearly two dozen citizens signed-in to speak during the public comment period of the meeting.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Sen. Greg Treat announced he has selected Sen. Frank Simpson as chairman of the Appropriation Subcommittee for Health and Human Services.

“I am humbled to have such trust placed in me.  One of our greatest responsibilities as legislators is to protect the health and well-being of Oklahomans.  The decisions made in this subcommittee impact every Oklahoman, and I look forward to working to meet the needs of our fellow citizens,” said Simpson, R-Springer. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Micheal Bergstrom joined members of the Vinita City Council and city officials on August 21for the presentation of an honorary grant check for $25,000 from AARP Oklahoma earmarked for improvements to downtown Vinita.

The grant, which is part of AARP Oklahoma’s Community Challenge program, will fund a revitalization project slated to significantly improve the safety and walkability of downtown Vinita and the community’s historic Route 66 Main Street area. 

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Senator Greg Treat, president pro tempore-designate of the Oklahoma Senate, announced his selections of Senate appropriations subcommittee chairs for the next legislative session that convenes in February. Treat also named the vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and named the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which will return to a standing committee during the next session.
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Senator Greg Treat, president pro tempore-designate of the Oklahoma Senate, has been elected to serve on the 2018-2019 National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Executive Committee.

“I’m honored to serve in a leadership role for NCSL,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “NCSL is a great resource that provides research and analysis, training and seminars, and other resources to lawmakers in state capitols across the country. I’m excited to give Oklahoma a voice on this important national committee.”

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Colonial Day

State Sen. Casey Murdock has announced plans for a town hall meeting to be held in Waynoka on Tuesday, August 14.  The meeting will be held from six to eight p.m. at the Waynoka Chamber of Commerce at 1565 Main Street.

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