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OKLAHOMA CITY –The pay of school support staff will be protected during future epidemics and state emergencies thanks to legislation signed into law Tuesday. Senate Bill 807, by Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, will ensure support staff have the same pay protections during such events as teachers and administrators.

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Bernardo’s Law – a measure designating Oklahoma’s wrecker safety statute in honor of Bernardo Martinez, who lost his life while on the job, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday. Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City, authored House Bill 1584.  

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Intrastate crowdfunding is now legal in Oklahoma after Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 568 on Monday.

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Senate approves bike safety measure

OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved legislation to better protect bicyclists in Oklahoma.  Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, and Rep. Mike Dobrinski, R-Okeene, are the principal authors of House Bill 1770, which would allow people on bicycles to treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure passed through the Senate Tuesday to better protect the religious freedoms of Oklahomans. Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, carried the bill in the Senate protecting churches.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure to restrict abortions in Oklahoma by ensuring only board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists can perform them passed the Senate Tuesday. Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 1904.

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State Senator George Young, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement in response to the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, which designated cotton as the state fiber.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate has given approval to a pair of bills to reduce the number of abortions in Oklahoma. 

Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, is Senate principal author of House Bill 2441, by House principal author, Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell.  Under this bill, no abortion could be performed on an unborn baby who has a detectable heartbeat.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation was signed Monday to stop the unfair practice of people being unfairly punished for missing court dates due to being incarcerated or detained by law enforcement. Senate Bill 44’s author, Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, said she was pleased to see the commonsense measure signed into law.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday to honor members of the Oklahoma National Guard who are killed in the line of duty. Sen. David Bullard said House Bill 2374 will cover up to $10,000 of funeral expenses for the state’s heroes who lay down their lives while serving on state active-duty orders.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate approved legislation Monday modifying rules to terminate parental rights. Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, and Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa, are the authors of House Bill 2318 to add findings of child abuse or neglect that is heinous and shocking as legal grounds for the termination of parental rights. Under the bill, failing to protect a child, even it is not their own, from such treatment could result in the termination of parental rights.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Monday, the governor signed legislation into law allowing law enforcement to use telemedicine assessments for those who need mental health services. Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, authored Senate Bill 3 to ensure people in mental crisis are treated as patients, rather than prisoners.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate and House approved a resolution Monday recognizing one of Oklahoma’s top crops, cotton, and the dedicated Oklahoma producers who help provide it to the world market. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, by Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, and Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton, designates cotton as the official fiber of Oklahoma and make it an official state symbol.

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The Senate has given final approval to House Bill 2687, also known as the No Patient Left Alone Act, which would provide protections for hospital patients and their families during declared health emergencies.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Kay Floyd said she was very gratified that three bipartisan bills she’d introduced this session are now one step closer to becoming law.  Floyd, Senate Democratic Leader, said Senate Bills 16, 21 and 22 have now been approved by both chambers and are awaiting the governor’s signature.

Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, said SB 16 is a request from the state’s Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) task force, which Floyd has served on for several years.  The group was formed to address the backlog of sexual assault forensic evidence kits.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two criminal justice bills made their way through the Senate Thursday and returned to the House for consideration of Senate amendments. Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, is the principal Senate author of the measures expanding the Pretrial Release Act and updating post-conviction supervision rules.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has joined the House in approving a measure making sure that drivers of electric vehicles are helping support the state’s transportation infrastructure.  House Bill 2234, by Senate principal author, Sen. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, and House principal author, Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, creates the Driving on Road Infrastructure with Vehicles of Electricity (DRIVE) Act of 2021.

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House Bill 1821 is now heading back to the House for final approval after passage from the Senate on Thursday. The measure, authored by Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, and Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, would modify the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) program to ensure more Oklahoma students can afford higher learning options.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The February winter storm that gripped Oklahoma led to huge spikes in energy costs for Oklahoma ratepayers. The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday advanced measures aimed at helping ratepayers manage the significant financial burden stemming from those increased energy costs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate approved a pair of bills Wednesday afternoon to better protect the health and well-being of Oklahoma’s children in daycare facilities and those living under safety plans. Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, is the Senate author of the House measures.

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