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Sen. Adam Pugh’s Press Releases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, announced this week that the National Compact Commission has completed work on the Interstate Teaching Mobility Compact (ITMC) to improve licensure portability for educators.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the major issues the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding wants the Legislature to address in special session is the state’s lack of child care. Sen. Adam Pugh is the co-chair of the Economic Development and Workforce Working Group that has recommended providing $25 million to the YMCA to expand their child care and after school programs around the state to better serve Oklahoma parents.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding recently submitted its final recommendations to the Legislature for the state’s portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Co-chairs of the Economic Development and Workforce Working Group Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, praised their colleagues’ dedication to meet Oklahoma’s workforce challenges and strengthen its economy following the pandemic. 

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Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, released the following statement Thursday regarding the resignation of Department of Human Services Director Justin Brown and retirement of Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Director Ricky Adams.

“These two public servants have dedicated their careers to helping protect the health, welfare and public safety of Oklahomans and have made a lasting impact on our state and citizens through their work at DHS and OSBI.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to base income requirements for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program on family size has been signed into law.  Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Several education bills to support teachers will soon be considered by the House after receiving approval from the full Senate. Senate Education chair Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, authored the bills to repeal the state’s outdated teacher evaluation system, create a mentor teacher program and establish a comprehensive website for open teaching positions.       

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday to ensure Oklahoma students are educated about the largest act of genocide in world history. Authored by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, Senate Bill 1671 would direct the State Department of Education (SDE) to develop and provide public schools with an age-appropriate Holocaust curriculum for 6th through 12th grade students beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure authored by Senate Education Committee Chair Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, was approved Tuesday to try to find answers to the ongoing teacher shortage. Senate Bill 1630 would direct school districts to conduct exit interviews when a teacher leaves their position, just as many private sector companies do with their employees.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma could soon join the other 33 states that honor America’s military by not taxing their retirement pay, following the Senate’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 401 Wednesday. The measure is authored by Air Force veteran Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Sen. Brenda Stanley, vice chair of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Education Committee chairman Adam Pugh wants Oklahoma to think outside the box when it comes to students earning credits for graduation. The Edmond Republican is the author of Senate Bill 1623, the Learn Everywhere Act, to allow public school students to be eligible for extended learning opportunities outside the classroom.

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