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Showing: January, 2021

State Sen. Warren Hamilton has filed a measure to prohibit any person under the age of 21 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Majority Leader Kim David said she was deeply honored to administer the oath of enlistment to Chief Master Sgt. Scott Irwin, Oklahoma National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Superintendent, as he signed on for another two years of service.  The reenlistment ceremony was held Thursday at the state Capitol in the Senate chamber.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Pandemic precaution protocols for the 2021 legislative session were announced Friday.

To protect against the spread of the COVID-19 while preserving legislative functionality and public access, the Senate and House of Representatives will each:

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In an effort to put Oklahomans first and spur economic development and growth, state Sen. Nathan Dahm has filed a pair of bills to exempt businesses from some state taxes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – While more Oklahomans voted in November than in the 2016 presidential election, the state still ranks last for voter turnout as a share of the total voting-eligible population according to the U.S. Elections Project. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, wants to improve voter participation and has filed Senate Bill 440 to extend in-person early voting from three days to one week.
           

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Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, has filed Senate Bill 905, which will provide an income tax credit, for tax years 2022 through 2027, to businesses that host blood drives for their employees.

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State Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, has filed the Equal Protection and Equal Justice Act, which would abolish abortion in the state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, and Rep. Randy Randleman, R-Eufaula, have filed legislation to better inform schools of mental health services students have received, so they can best serve the special needs of those youth. Senate Bill 626 would require parents or legal guardians at least five day prior to enrolling in or transferring to a school district to disclose whether their student has received mental health services from a mental health facility in the previous year.

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State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed a measure that would prohibit any person under the age of 18 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In Oklahoma, more than 450,000 adults, or over 14% of the adult population, has diabetes with more than one million having prediabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. As the mother of a son with Type 1 diabetes and the co-chair of the Legislative Diabetes Caucus, Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, knows how expensive treatment can be, and wants to help Oklahomans by reducing the cost and burden of the disease.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two bills have been filed by Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, to help Oklahoma’s meat producers by improving and expanding the inspection process.

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Sen. Nathan Dahm said he has again filed legislation to better protect Oklahomans from criminals who’ve entered the U.S. illegally.  Senate Bill 572 would prohibit any municipality in Oklahoma from adopting a sanctuary policy making their community a safe haven for illegal immigrants.  Under Dahm’s bill, any city or town that enacts such a policy would be ineligible for state funding.

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Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed a trio of abortion-related measures for the 2021 legislative session to prohibit abortion procedures and limit funding to Planned Parenthood in the state.

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Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, released a statement Monday regarding six bills he has filed to help Oklahoma schools have proper data, programs and other tools necessary to help get students on a path to success through partnerships with the business community and various industries.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to crack down on child identity theft, State Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has filed Senate Bill 312, which would create harsher penalties for a person that steals the identity of a victim less than 18 years old. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, and Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton, have filed legislation to keep the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center (SWOJC) in Manitou operating. The 60-bed secure-care facility for boys will be consolidated in accordance with 2017 legislation—moving all secure-care treatment for Oklahoma youth to one location, the Next Generation Campus, at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) in Tecumseh.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat filed legislation Thursday to extend exemptions to the state’s Open Meeting Act that allowed public bodies to meet virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, filed legislation this week to allow Oklahoma voters to decide whether to provide equal protections to the unborn in Oklahoma’s Constitution.

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The Senate has completed filing bills for the first session of the 58th Legislature.  The deadline was Thursday, Jan. 21.  A total of 1,035 Senate Bills and 26 Senate Joint Resolutions were filed.  In 2019, the first session of the 57th Legislature, a total of 1,040 Senate Bills and 21 Senate Joint Resolutions were filed.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As a teacher with 15 years of experience in public school classrooms, Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, knows the impact teachers can have on students. Having seen the good and bad, he has filed Senate Bill 588 creating the “Students’ Bill of Rights” to protect public school students from bias and prejudice in the classroom as well as Senate Bill 614 to extend similar protections to students attending Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.          

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