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OKLAHOMA CITY – This week, the State Board of Education must begin authorizing out-of-state teaching certificates after Senate Bill 1125 was signed into law Monday.  The bill, by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, will help increase the number of teachers in the state by recognizing valid out-of-state teaching certificates, with no other requirements except a criminal history record check. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation strengthening laws dealing with violence against people who work in hospitals and health care facilities has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1290, the Medical Care Provider Protection Act, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, and Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, was approved by the governor on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A plan to help pay for Medicaid in Oklahoma passed off the Senate floor Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation creating a system for licensing midwives has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1823, creating Shepherd’s Law, was signed into law Monday by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Unemployed Oklahomans who are self-employed rallied at the state Capitol Monday wanting answers to why their claims have not been fulfilled after weeks of waiting.  Sen. Mary Boren has been working tirelessly trying to get answers as many unemployed Oklahomans are facing eviction and other financial troubles.

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To alleviate the blood supply shortage caused by COVID-19, Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, will host a blood drive in Enid in conjunction with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Friday to ensure police officers seriously injured in the line of duty can get full disability benefits.  House Bill 3330, by Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, creates the Sergeant Schoolfield Line of Duty Disability Act named after Matthew Schoolfield, a 10-year veteran of the Chickasha Police Department, who was shot three times in the line of duty on Sept. 17, 2017 while serving a search warrant.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, applauded House passage of Senate Bill 1046 on Friday, just two days after the Senate approved the measure as a part of the launch of SoonerCare 2.0 on July 1.  The measure has now been sent to the governor and awaits his signature.

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Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, released the following statement Friday after passage of House Bill 3350.  The bill will provide a 2% cost-of-living adjustment for those who have been retired from public service for 2-5 years and a 4% increase for those who have been retired for more than 5 years. Pemberton was the original principal Senate author of HB 3350 along with Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, who was the principal House author. 

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The full Senate approved House Bill 3350 on Friday that gives a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to state retirees.

State Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, was a co-author for the measure.

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State Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, called on Governor Kevin Stitt on Thursday to reconsider the decision of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs to reduce the number of juvenile detention center beds from six to zero at the Texas County Juvenile Detention Center located in Hooker.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democrats applauded passage of House Bill 3350, providing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired public employees.  The full Senate approved the bill on Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved a bill giving a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to state retirees.  The measure was approved Friday on a bipartisan vote of 41-5.  Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3350.

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The Senate approved the executive nomination of Kingfisher resident Lori Burns on Tuesday to serve as a member of the Board of Regents of Redlands Community College in El Reno. Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, carried the nomination.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  A measure creating the Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program to further state investment in emerging advanced transportation technologies gained approval from the House of Representatives on Tuesday and now moves to Governor Stitt’s desk for his signature. 

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The Senate approved three Lawton residents nominated by the governor to serve as members of numerous state boards and committees on Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus after the Legislature voted to override several vetoes of budget bills by Governor Stitt:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Meat Consumer Protection Act passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday and now heads to Governor Stitt’s desk.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given approval to a bill that will enable Oklahomans to continue to take advantage of curbside sales or home deliveries of beer, wine and spirits.  Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, is principal author of Senate Bill 1928.  The measure was approved Wednesday with bipartisan support.

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