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Showing: August, 2021

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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