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Harpe confirmed as OMES Director

OKLAHOMA CITY – Steven Harpe has received official confirmation by the full Senate to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES).  The Tulsan was appointed by Gov. Stitt in January and his executive nomination was carried in the Senate by Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given approval to a measure that will ultimately help improve broadband access throughout rural Oklahoma.  House Bill 4018 creates the Rural Broadband Expansion Act. Authored by Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and coauthored by Rep. Logan Phillips, R-Mounds, the bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously approved House Bill 2008, by Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, and Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane.  The bill will now return to the House for further consideration.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved legislation giving liability relief to essential businesses and those working to safely reopen, as well as a measure protecting manufacturers and people who make or donate materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, a third bill giving limited liability to health care providers and facilities has been signed into law. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate has unanimously approved Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive nomination of Duncan attorney, Jan Gaddis, to serve on the Forensic Review Board. Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, carried the nomination before the Senate Public Safety Committee last month and before the full Senate Monday afternoon.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate has unanimously approved Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive nomination of Yukon resident, Scott Crow, to serve as the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, carried the nomination before the Senate Public Safety Committee in April and before the full Senate Monday afternoon.

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Elk City resident and Beckham County Sheriff Derek Manning was unanimously approved Monday by the Senate to serve as a member of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission.

The executive nomination was carried by Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher.

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Joshua Haven, Cheyenne, was unanimously approved by the Senate on Monday to serve as a member of the Oklahoma Mining Commission. The nomination was carried by Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly one in five Americans report having fallen victim to porch piracy.  The Senate approved legislation Monday to strengthen penalties against those who steal mail, packages or other items out of others’ mailboxes or off porches. House Bill 2777, by Sen. Lonnie Paxton, creates the Porch Piracy Act of 2020 to help better protect businesses and consumers.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency Oversight Committee on Friday selected Mike Jackson of Oklahoma City as executive director of the office.

The hire was recommended by House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat.

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The Senate recently confirmed the executive nomination of David Morstad to the State Textbook Committee to serve an unexpired term ending Mar. 1, 2021, succeeding Jennifer Stanford. His nomination was first approved by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2020. Sen. Michael Brooks, D-OKC, carried the nomination in the Senate for Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement Thursday on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus after the Senate passed SB 210, legislation to impose new requirements on absentee voting in Oklahoma:

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On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 210 allowing alternative procedures for absentee ballots during elections held in 2020.  The bill allows anyone who requests an absentee ballot to attach a photocopy of certain identification cards with their ballot instead of having the ballot notarized.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved legislation to better protect law enforcement and other first responders during a pandemic.  Sen. Greg McCortney, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, is the author of House Bill 2938 which was approved by the full Senate on Thursday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to protect election integrity in the absentee ballot process and now the bill heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, is the author of the bill, which protects the integrity of the absentee ballot process while granting exemptions during the course of the coronavirus health pandemic. The bill passed 38-9.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation modernizing how Oklahoma regulates Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 801, authored by Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, has won full Senate approval for a measure limiting liability for health care providers and facilities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Daniels said those responding to the outbreak in Oklahoma will be protected from those alleging injury as a result of their treatment or care during this health emergency. 

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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 Tuesday’s vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday advanced a series of bills as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget agreement announced earlier this week.

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