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Full Senate approves Ida’s Law

Legislation to address the issue of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Native American people has been approved unanimously by the full Senate. Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, is the principal author of Senate Bill 172, known as Ida’s Law. The measure is named for 29-year-old Ida Beard from El Reno. A citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, she went missing in 2015 and has never been found.

Rosino said there are currently more than 220 missing American Indians in Oklahoma, with about 14 of those from his own Senate District.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, has won approval from the full Senate for Senate Joint Resolution 23, calling for an Article V Convention of States to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  Standridge has advocated for a Convention of States for several years, and worked closely with his friend, the late U.S. Senator, Tom Coburn, on the issue.

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The Senate approved Senate Bill 261 on Tuesday to protect student borrowers looking to further their education. The measure is authored by Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton.

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The Senate approved legislation Tuesday expanding educational opportunities for Oklahoma families. Senate Bill 783, by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, modifies the Education Open Transfer Act to allow students to transfer to another public school district year-round. Pugh, who serves as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said the bill is desperately needed to provide families more flexibility to find the school that meets the needs of their child.

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A Senate bill aimed at ensuring teachers receive due process is now on it’s way to the House of Representatives for further consideration.  Senate Bill 13, by Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-Midwest City, was approved unanimously by the full Senate on Monday. Stanley said the bill addresses a loophole in current statutes that can result in a teacher being fired without due process.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate has approved Senate Bill 8, which would designate the route that largely follows State Highway 69 in Oklahoma as the “Historic Jefferson Highway Route.” The measure is authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair.  

Established in 1915, the Jefferson Highway is the oldest highway to pass through Oklahoma and spans the state from the Kansas to Texas borders. This highway cuts through the heart of the Louisiana Purchase Territory and is named after President Thomas Jefferson for his role in the transaction.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate approved legislation Monday by Sen. Carri Hicks to modify teaching exam requirements and better support nursing mothers in Oklahoma schools.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Appropriations Committee has given its approval to a measure that would ensure Oklahomans are not paying more for many prescriptions than the price in Canada.  Sen. Greg McCortney, chair of Health and Human Services, is the author of Senate Bill 734, which was approved on Monday.

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The Senate approved a measure Monday allowing victims of domestic or sexual violence or stalking to terminate a lease early without penalty.

Authored by Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, Senate Bill 200 would allow tenants to terminate their lease early without penalty by providing written notice and either a protective order or a police report within 30 days of the violent incident to his or her landlord.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given it’s approval to a bill strengthening Oklahoma statutes on scrap metal theft.  Sen. Chuck Hall, R-Perry, is the author of Senate Bill 1, the Sgt. Craig Johnson Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act, in memory of the Tulsa police officer who helped create the bill but was later killed during a traffic stop.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to make it illegal to “dox” an Oklahoma law enforcement officer is now one step closer to becoming law. Senate Bill 6, by Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, was approved by the full Senate on Monday.

Doxing refers to using the internet to research and post documents or other material to intimidate, attack or harass an individual.  Rosino said it’s a form of harassment that can put an officer or their family in danger.

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The Senate adopted a resolution Monday encouraging the National Rifle Association (NRA) to move its headquarters from Fairfax, Virginia, to Oklahoma. State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, authored Senate Resolution 6.

The NRA is known as America’s foremost defender of the Second Amendment and the premier firearms education organization in the world. They are currently looking to move their incorporation from New York to Texas and are considering moving their national headquarters out of Fairfax.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting and the House State and Federal Redistricting Committee met Thursday at the Oklahoma Capitol and adopted redistricting rules and guidelines as well as the parameters for public map submissions.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday addressing a gap in eligibility for nonviolent offenders to participate in the Electronic Monitoring Program. Senate Bill 456 eliminates the current eligibility classifications allowing all sentence lengths to be eligible for the program once a nonviolent offender is within three years of discharge.

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State Senator George Young, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement in response to the Senate Rules Committee voting down Senate Bill 209, which would require a racial impact statement for any piece of criminal justice legislation that creates a new offense, significantly changes an existing offense, changes the penalty for an existing offense, or changes existing sentencing, parole or probation procedures.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to clarify and strengthen penalties for those who commit crimes during violent riots is now on its way to the full Senate.  Senate Bill 806, creating the Oklahoma Citizens’ Protection Act, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, was approved on Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Rules Committee has approved Senate Bill 253, authored by Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, which would modify declaration of candidacy forms for citizens seeking to hold public office.

The measure would require candidates to provide the date they registered as a voter of the political party they are running for as well as his or her voter registration identification number.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Carri Hicks has cleared the first legislative hurdle to keep individuals from being unnecessarily punished for not appearing in court when they are incarcerated or detained by law enforcement. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 44 Tuesday to dismiss any charges or warrants for such individuals—a move the Oklahoma City Democrat says will help stop the unfair practice.

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The Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill 631, also known as the Second Amendment Sanctuary Act, in a 9-2 vote on Monday. The measure, authored by Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, would make Oklahoma a Second Amendment sanctuary state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a measure to prohibit law enforcement agencies from releasing audio or video showing an officer dying in the line of duty unless a court rules the material should be released in specific cases.  Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow, is principal author of Senate Bill 968.  Haste said his legislation has the support of law enforcement as well as the Oklahoma Press Association.

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