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Showing: January, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City, have introduced legislation to improve transparency about who is currently being served by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) and who is still waiting.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed Senate Bill 1274 on Thursday, to amend eligibility requirements for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP).

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, commented Thursday on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling rejecting the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing mandate for large employers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, is calling for the removal of Don Spencer as the executive director of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association (OK2A) after making comments Paxton said could put the lives of legislators and other elected officials in danger.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, has filed legislation calling for a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment he says will further enhance the integrity of Oklahoma’s election process.  Senate Joint Resolution 27 would clarify that only citizens of the United States are eligible to participate in elections.

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Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement Thursday in response to comments by Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters regarding school districts shifting to remote learning.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Thursday, Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, filed legislation extending the Parents’ Bill of Rights to better inform families about issues important to their children’s education. Senate Bill 1268 would add information about upcoming school elections, community “wrap-around” resources for youth, ability to use free instructional materials at home, and parents’ right to opt out of certain student testing data collection.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Kevin Matthews is inviting the public to an open house and reception for a new educational opportunity to help former justice-involved Oklahomans rebuild their lives.  Matthews, D-Tulsa, has been collaborating with multiple organizations to start the North Tulsa Community Construction School, slated to open next month. Matthews said there would be a pre-opening reception and press conference on Monday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed Senate Bill 1251 on Wednesday to revitalize the Oklahoma militia and provide greater protection for the citizens of Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As lawbreaking foreigners continue to pour across the open southern border, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed two bills to help secure the border. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. George Burns has filed Senate Bill 1167, the “Every Mother Matters Act,” also known as EMMA. The legislation is aimed at ensuring that any woman seeking an abortion is given access to resources and programs she may not realize are available.  Burns, R-Pollard, said the goal is to give women the support they need to choose life, instead of abortion.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Monday, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed Senate Bill 1226 to prohibit illegal alien anchor babies from receiving citizenship in Oklahoma.

“Birthright citizenship was never the intent of the 14th Amendment,” Dahm said. “We remain one of the last western civilized nations that grants citizenship to anchor babies.”

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In response to the growing concerns over federal violations of constitutionally-protected rights, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed a trio of bills to strengthen the power of county sheriffs. Senate Bill 1199 would prohibit federal officers from carrying out any gun confiscation measures in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 1200 would require federal agents to notify the sheriff before operating in their county.

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Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, released the following statement Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

“Like a large majority of Oklahomans, I feel exhausted by a radicalized minority who persist in defending the Capitol rioters as ‘good guys and political prisoners’ while betraying the true patriots who fought on January 6, 2021, to protect the peaceful transfer of presidential powers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As school districts around the state continue struggling to fill teaching positions, Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, has filed legislation to help adjunct and highly-qualified substitute teachers fill the void. Senate Bill 1119 would remove the 270-hour limitation adjunct teachers may teach per semester in a classroom. SB 1144 would allow substitute teachers with a valid, lapsed, or expired certificate or a bachelor’s degree to work as many days as needed.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. George Burns has introduced legislation for schools offering elective courses on Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament to utilize the source that influenced the work of America’s Founding Fathers—the King James Bible.  He’s filed Senate Bill 1161 to ensure that version is used for the courses and is available in school libraries. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Citing growing concerns of the federal government violating the rights of the people, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed Senate Bill 1166 to prohibit political prisoners from being transported through Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In response to the recent news of companies threatening to fire employees for refusing the COVID-19 shot, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed Senate Bill 1157 to expand unemployment benefits.

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