Issues ranging from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the construction and purchasing processes of the Office of Central Purchasing are among four additional interim study requests that have been approved by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan.
Senator Randy Bass, D-Lawton, requested an official study of what state and federal programs are available to persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents or serious accidents. Bass will chair the study, which will be conducted by the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
Morgan approved two studies requested by Senator Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa. The Senate General Government Committee, chaired by Senator Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, will conduct studies of potential changes in the construction and purchasing practices and the possibility of state employees being allowed to take non-personal leave time to participate in court cases involving Court Appointed Special Advocates. Eason McIntyre will also participate in the studies.
The Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee on Human Services, chaired by Senator Bernest Cain, D-Oklahoma City, will study timely reimbursement procedures for the distribution of funds to nutrition centers in Oklahoma. The request was made by Senator Susan Paddack, D-Ada, who will join the committee for the study.