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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Senate Republicans support the effort to challenge the president’s overreaching vaccine mandate, said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

Treat said Senate Republicans this year backed legislation and funding for a special unit in the Attorney General’s office to challenge and overturn federal overreach – like the president’s vaccine mandate.

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Sen. Blake Stephens, R-Tahlequah, will present an interim study analyzing the benefits of “locking the clock” and establishing Daylight Saving Time (DST) as the official time year-round in Oklahoma. The study will be held by the Senate General Government Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. in room 230 of the state Capitol.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee learned what accommodations are provided to pregnant students and young families in Oklahoma’s high schools, colleges and CareerTech system. The study was requested by Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, who wants to ensure young mothers and fathers are given every opportunity to finish their education and see how the Legislature may be able to further help these young parents achieve their education goals.

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Senators Chuck Hall, R-Perry, and Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, hosted an interim study Wednesday looking into film and media arts programs for kindergarten through 12th grade students. The study connected primary and secondary school opportunities with the rapidly expanding opportunities in Oklahoma’s film and production industry.

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In the midst of a historic teacher shortage, further crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa, hosted an interim study Tuesday looking into prioritizing teacher certification scholarships for English as a second language (ESL) and special education teachers.

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The Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday heard testimony from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and Office of the Attorney General in an interim study hosted by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, regarding the state’s response to the sexual assault kits backlog.

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The Senate Public Safety Committee heard from breastfeeding advocates, experts and philanthropists Tuesday regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and programs other states have implemented to increase health outcomes for incarcerated women and their babies.

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Sen. Julia Kirt will lead an interim study to examine the resources needed for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities transitioning from public schools to further education, employment and independent living.

The Oklahoma City Democrat said the study will analyze the benefits and potential drawbacks of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities staying in school longer as well as the pros and cons of utilizing federal funds available for disabled students.

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Senate Majority Caucus Chair Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, will host an interim study regarding criminal sentencing reform today, Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Senate Public Safety Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A trio of state Senators are attending the 2021 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) in Little Rock, AR, this week. Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus, were selected to participate in the prestigious program put on by the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments from October 2-6.

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Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, and 12 additional state senators, sent a letter to the Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA), Shawn Hime, on Friday, asking him to denounce statements from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent to President Joe Biden.

Daniels referenced a letter sent by NSBA to the president on Sept. 29 requesting federal assistance to stop threats and acts of violence against public school board members, district officials, educators and students.

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A measure intended to create a manufacturing boon for the state and open the free market for the purchase of firearm suppressors, also known as silencers, has been filed for the 2022 legislative session by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom.

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After hearing stories of lost scholarships and unearned degrees, Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, is hosting an interim study to learn how Oklahoma can better accommodate pregnant students in high school, college, and CareerTech.     

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, issued the following statement on Friday after it was announced that national higher education and business leader Allison D. Garrett had been chosen as the next chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, succeeding Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee learned about the transportation needs of Oklahomans with disabilities Wednesday in a study requested by Sen. Mary Boren. The Norman Democrat said she was disturbed to learn of the lack of adequate disability transportation around the state that is negatively impacting thousands of citizens.        

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State Sen. George Young wants to make Oklahoma the premier state for supporting minority and female-owned businesses, a commitment he vocalized during his interim study – Equitable Procurement for Minority and Women-owned Businesses – that was hosted Tuesday at the state Capitol.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, hosted an interim study Tuesday to learn what is preventing Oklahomans from returning to the workforce after the first year of the pandemic. The study was conducted by the Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee.

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Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, will host an interim study to discuss the equitable procurement for minority and women-owned businesses on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism committee.

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Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, sent a letter to Attorney General John O’Connor Thursday requesting he inform local school boards and administrators adopting mask mandates to implement them according to established guidelines and provide those and any potential harms to parents.

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On the heels of an interim study dedicated to examining Oklahoma’s agricultural sales tax exemption, Sen. Casey Murdock said he’s preparing to file a measure ahead of the next legislative session to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to renew their sales tax exemption card.

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