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It’s been nearly a month since Sen. Paul Rosino was diagnosed with COVID-19 and now he’s helping others who are critically ill with the virus by answering a request from the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) for convalescent plasma.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a shortage of blood supplies across the nation and in Oklahoma. To combat this shortage, State Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, has partnered with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to host five mobile blood drives across northwestern Oklahoma.

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House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, today issued the following statements in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s actions and comments today concerning stabilizing the FY 2020 state budget:

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Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement Tuesday on behalf of the Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus:

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House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat issued the following statements in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s announcement today that he believes budget cuts are necessary in the current fiscal year:

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Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement regarding Monday’s special session:

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The Oklahoma Legislature met Monday and approved measures to stabilize the state budget and affirm the governor’s health emergency declaration in response to COVID-19.

The Oklahoma Senate met in special session and regular session on Monday and employed social distancing measures to protect the health and safety of the senators and few essential staff working at the Capitol. Some of those measures included checking temperatures of those entering the Capitol, limiting the number of senators on the Senate floor to 10 at a time, and wearing cloth masks sewn by a Senate staffer.

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*Due to technical difficulties, a portion of the audio from Sen. Treat April 6, 2020 Media Briefing is available.

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Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding her decision to remain home when the legislature reconvenes next week to protect her family.

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Sen. Adam Pugh, Chair of the Legislative Aerospace Caucus, is applauding the University of Oklahoma’s announcement of the addition of two new graduate programs in aerospace and defense through the Michael F. Price College of Business.

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

“The Senate Democratic Caucus has been reviewing Governor Kevin Stitt’s health emergency declaration and call to special session for Monday, April 6. This will be our first official activity in the Senate Chamber since the Capitol was closed following the positive test of a staffer on March 17th. 

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State Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on Friday regarding his decision to remain home while the Senate convenes in a special session to vote on the governor’s declaration of a health emergency due to COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat said he agrees with the governor’s health emergency declaration issued Thursday and that the Senate will convene Monday to take action on the order.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 marks the 13th annual World Autism Day.  State Sen. Paul Rosino urges Oklahomans to participate in this global effort to raise awareness and promote inclusion for those with autism.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has left the country with a shortage of personal protective equipment and ventilators, it has also resulted in a depleted supply of blood.

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On Sunday Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, sent a letter on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus to Governor Kevin Stitt urging him to take stronger statewide action on COVID-19.

The Honorable Kevin Stitt
Governor of Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Dear Governor Stitt:

On behalf of the Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus, I am writing to urge you to take further action to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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