OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Mary Boren has requested three interim studies that received approval last week by the Senate Pro Tempore. These meetings allow legislators to hear from industry experts, government agencies and private citizens to have a broader understanding of an issue and decide whether legislative action is needed.
Boren’s first study would look at ways to enhance economic opportunity and quality of life for Oklahomans with disabilities through better access to transportation and workforce development. The study has been assigned to the Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee.
“Our state must do better at ensuring those with disabilities have ample access to transportation and employment services, so that they can live full, independent lives. I’m looking forward to hearing how different communities and other states are working to help meet the special needs of these individuals to improve their quality of life,” Boren said.
The next two studies have been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. The first would examine ways to provide better support and accommodations for pregnant women and expectant fathers in high school, CareerTech and college to ensure these students can successfully continue and finish their education.
The last study would compare the impact of the A-F Report Card on the performance of Oklahoma’s schools with high poverty rates to other states’ accountability systems.
“We need to make sure that all of Oklahoma’s students, regardless of their family or economic circumstances, have access to the highest quality education and the support they need to successfully complete their education,” Boren said. “When we support our students and help them attain their high school diplomas and higher degrees, we’re helping improve their lives and giving them the tools they need to reach their full potential.”
The requests will now be submitted to the committee chairs, who will decide which studies will be heard. Once approved, meeting dates will be posted online at www.oksenate.gov. Studies have to be concluded by Friday, Nov. 5.
For more information, contact: Sen. Boren: (405) 521-5553 or Mary.Boren@oksenate.gov