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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a slate of bills entailing a major investment in workforce and economic development throughout the state funding infrastructure improvements at industrial parks, aeronautics facilities, and the state fairgrounds as well as to increase Oklahoma’s presence with international trading partners.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate’s art collection now features its first piece of blown glass artwork.  During a special dedication ceremony held Wednesday in the Senate Chamber, Sen. Mark Allen, and his wife, Nikki, gifted a sculpture to the Senate entitled “Dragonfly Summer.”  The piece was created by Poteau-based glass artist Steve Brewster.

Allen, R-Spiro, is entering his final weeks of service in the Senate due to term limits.

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Leader McCortney and Leader Echols will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

Speakers in order:

Rep. Jon Echols

Sen. Greg McCortney

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OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the major issues the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding wants the Legislature to address in special session is the state’s lack of child care. Sen. Adam Pugh is the co-chair of the Economic Development and Workforce Working Group that has recommended providing $25 million to the YMCA to expand their child care and after school programs around the state to better serve Oklahoma parents.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding recently submitted its final recommendations to the Legislature for the state’s portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Co-chairs of the Economic Development and Workforce Working Group Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, praised their colleagues’ dedication to meet Oklahoma’s workforce challenges and strengthen its economy following the pandemic. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, and Vice Chair Chuck Hall, R- Perry, said Oklahomans would see generational benefits as a result of the incredible hard work and dedication of members of the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding over the past year.  On Tuesday, the bicameral, bipartisan committee approved more than $1.1 billion in projects through funding provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that will address critical needs facing the state – needs that were heightened as a result of the pandemic. Thompson and Hal

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. President Pro Tem Greg Treat and Sen. Paul Rosino (R-Oklahoma City) released the following joint statement after the Helping Every Life and Parent (H.E.L.P) Task Force unanimously recommended the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) expand coverage for SoonerCare members receiving pregnancy and postpartum services. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The official 9/11 Remembrance “Freedom Flag” will be flown at the Oklahoma State Capitol beginning today, Sept. 9 through Sept. 16 in remembrance of the victims who died, first responders and military personnel that responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Legislative Diabetes Caucus is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma to host a statewide blood drive to raise awareness for diabetes. Caucus co-chairs Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Eddy Dempsey, R-Valliant, said the “Mission Express: Turn Blue for Diabetes” statewide blood drive is taking place through Friday, Sept. 16 and will provide an opportunity to address two of the state’s critical health needs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding on Tuesday advanced the second slate of projects for consideration in the Legislature's upcoming special session on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

The nine ARPA requests that will now be considered by the full Legislature are:

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Sen. Julia Kirt will host a series of public forums in September to let Oklahomans hear from tax and economic experts about Oklahoma’s tax system as well as allow citizens to share their ideas, concerns, and questions on the issue.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat has named Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Friday, Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, warned against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order claiming to protect school employees from being pressured into paying union dues. 

“On Thursday, the State Board of Education approved another 1,077 emergency certifications for teachers, bringing the total for this school year to over 3,000 because of Oklahoma’s unresolved and growing teacher shortage. Partisan and divisive executive orders like Governor Stitt’s are not protecting teachers. Instead, they give teachers one more reason to leave the classroom.

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Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Brian Hill, R-Mustang, released the following statements Friday regarding the Oklahoma State Board of Education’s refusal to reexamine the accreditation status of Mustang Public Schools that was previously penalized over allegations that they violated House Bill 1775, limiting classroom discussion on race and gender.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, released the following statement about Senate Bill 612 going into effect Friday. Dahm introduced and was Senate author of the bill, which makes it a felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion, punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and/or up to 10 years in prison.

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OKLAHOMA CITY. – On Thursday, Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, applauded Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order calling on the State Board of Education to take action to protect school employees’ First Amendment rights to decide whether to pay union dues. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, released the following statements Monday following the tragic shooting of two Oklahoma County sheriff deputies, killing one and seriously injuring the other. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY –   State Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, plans to refile legislation prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State leaders praised the positive impact of the Oklahoma National Guard Educational Assistance Act that went into effect July 1,

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