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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Ron Sharp has received his fourth perfect REID score following the 2020 legislative session.  After eight years in office, the Shawnee Republican continues to be the business community’s top champion in the legislature supporting and advocating for legislation that promotes job creation and economic growth. Sharp holds a cumulative REID score of 96. Only one legislator has a higher cumulative score, and that is Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Senate joined the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) on Thursday to host a blood drive for Senate members and staffers aiming to alleviate the shortage of blood caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Democratic Caucus released the following joint statement on Tuesday, with additional comments issued by Senators Kevin Matthews and George Young:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislative leaders on Thursday filed an action with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in response to a recent federal court motion by Gov. Kevin Stitt that poses significant risk to states’ rights and the Oklahoma Constitution’s separation of powers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Monday on Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman’s continuing recovery.  The Tulsa Democrat was seriously injured in a collision on the Turner Turnpike while traveling to the state Capitol for the legislative session on May 22.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Friday, Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, sent a letter on behalf of the Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus to Gov. Kevin Stitt urging him to take further action on COVID-19 in nursing home and long term care facilities.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation creating the Advanced Mobility Pilot Program, which could further the state’s investment in emerging advanced transportation technologies, was signed into law by the governor on May 19. Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, was the author of Senate Bill 1688.

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OKLAHOMA CITY State Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, remains in the hospital but is in stable condition.  Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued a statement Tuesday updating Ikley-Freeman’s condition—she was seriously injured Friday morning in a collision on the Turner Turnpike while traveling to the state Capitol for the legislative session.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation was signed into law Thursday to hold physicians who perform fraudulent abortions solely liable for the wrongful death.  Senate Bill 1728, by Sen. David Bullard, creates the Unborn Person Wrongful Death Act and modifies provisions related to awarding damages resulting from such wrongful deaths.           

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, made the following statement as the 2020 legislative session wound down Friday:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement Friday:

“Earlier this morning, one of the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman of Tulsa, was returning to the state Capitol for session and was involved in an accident on the Turner Turnpike.  She was transported to Oklahoma City’s OU Medical Center for care. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is on its way to having its own Imagination Library—a literacy program providing free books to encourage children to read. Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s schools will soon have more teaching applicants thanks to a bill signed Thursday. The State Board of Education approved emergency rules in March to allow emergency teaching certificates to be renewed for up to three years, and the governor approved the rules in April.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A convenience to Oklahoma consumers born out of the pandemic will be allowed to remain in place.  The measure, by Sen Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, and Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, allows curbside sales or home deliveries of beer, wine and spirits to continue.  Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1928 into law Thursday. 

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Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, was recently appointed to the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Resources Board.

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Legislation requiring school districts across the state to provide emergency medical services at athletic events and school activities was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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The nation’s first anti-red flag gun law is now on the books in Oklahoma to strengthen and protect citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, authored the measure, which was signed into law by the governor on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –Legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 has been signed into law.  Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, is principal author of Senate Bill 1423, signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt signed two bills Tuesday to protect state employees who are nursing.  Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, authored the measures to ensure mothers are allowed daily break time and privacy to breastfeed or express milk. 

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