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Showing: January, 2022
Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, joins Israeli Consul General Livia Link-Raviv and Greenwood Rising interim executive director Phil Armstrong for a tour of Greenwood Rising.

 

State Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, hosted Israeli Consul General to the Southwest United States Livia Link-Raviv at Greenwood Rising on Jan. 25. Phil Armstrong, Greenwood Rising interim executive director, also joined the tour.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. George Young is sharing his response from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, clarifying voting rights for those who have been convicted of felonies and for those participating in drug programs.  He said given the recent discussions on voting rights at both the national and state levels, and the fact that those rights were clearly under attack, the issue was particularly relevant.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, has been selected as the 2022 National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) State Lead.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, issued the following statement:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Rosino has been named by Oklahoma Community-Based Providers (OCP) as “Senator of the Year” for his work on behalf of some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.  OCP is the nonprofit state association for community agencies offering support and services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Because Oklahoma public schools are supported by taxpayer dollars, Sen. George Burns wants to ensure classes for history, government, social studies, and other similar subjects are not politicized. He has filed Senate Bill 1174 to protect teachers of these subjects from being forced to discuss controversial current events, public policy, or social affairs of a partisan nature with their students.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed two bills and a joint resolution to push back on tech censorship and social credit scores.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed Senate Bill 1525 to make Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin available over the counter.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, is committed to continue working to make Oklahoma the top state in America for retired and active veterans as well as those separated from service. Among his efforts this session is Senate Bill 401, a carryover measure from last year, to exempt military retirement from state income taxes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Roland Pederson has filed legislation aimed at cutting through red tape for farmers and ranchers renewing their agricultural sales tax exemption.  Pederson, R- Burlington, said Senate Bill 1655 would simplify the renewal process for those who have already met the initial requirements to qualify for the exemption.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Each year, newborns in the U.S. are screened for a variety of genetic, metabolic, hormonal, and functional conditions that are not otherwise apparent at birth. The federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) currently includes 61 conditions, but each state decides which to include in their newborn screening program. Currently, Oklahoma screens for 57 conditions plus two point-of-care conditions. After discovering that Oklahoma has not been providing all the recommended federal screenings, Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Thursday, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed four election integrity bills.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate has completed filing bills for the Second Session of the 58th Legislature.  The deadline was Thursday, Jan. 20.  A total of 774 Senate Bills and 23 Senate Joint Resolutions were filed.  Additionally, 771 Senate Bills and 25 Senate Joint Resolutions were carried over from the 2021 session and are available for consideration during the 2022 session.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has filed legislation to better protect minors from accessing sexually explicit materials.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – All parents of Oklahoma students would be empowered to pursue the best educational setting that fits the individual needs of their child under legislation filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Firearms are the second leading cause of death for children and teens in Oklahoma, a statistic Sen. Mary Boren hopes to change with her Senate Bill 1294. The legislation would clarify that it is legal for a child to possess a firearm for hunting or for hunter safety classes, education and training in the safe use and handling of firearms, and other sporting events.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Wednesday, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed a trio of education reform bills.

“Our education system is floundering,” Dahm said. “Parents are upset, teachers are leaving the profession, and students aren’t being taught what they need to know. And yet, the education establishment is very happy with the status quo.”

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, has filed Senate Bill 1314, which would require the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to provide Medicaid reimbursement for providers who screen children and adults for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as funds are available. Garvin worked with Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) CEO and former state Rep.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Concerned about unsanitary and unsafe conditions of homeless camps in Oklahoma cities, Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, has filed Senate Bill 1381 which would direct municipalities to require homeless camps to be properly permitted, just as other campgrounds are required to be.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed five bills on Tuesday to offer greater protection for the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Oklahoma and push back on federal overreach.

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