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Sen. Carri Hicks’s Press Releases

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The Senate Public Safety Committee heard from breastfeeding advocates, experts and philanthropists Tuesday regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and programs other states have implemented to increase health outcomes for incarcerated women and their babies.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A trio of state Senators are attending the 2021 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) in Little Rock, AR, this week. Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus, were selected to participate in the prestigious program put on by the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments from October 2-6.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, hosted an interim study Tuesday to learn what is preventing Oklahomans from returning to the workforce after the first year of the pandemic. The study was conducted by the Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, joined Gov. Kevin Stitt for a ceremonial signing of her Senate Bill 44 in the Blue Room at the state Capitol last week. The bill will stop the unfair practice of fining individuals for missing a court date, while they are in holding or being detained by law enforcement.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With students returning to the classroom soon, Sen. Carri Hicks wants to make sure new mothers in Oklahoma schools are aware of a recent state law protecting their rights. This session, the Oklahoma City Democrat authored Senate Bill 121, which became law on July 1, requiring school districts to allow their employees time during the workday to express milk or nurse.

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Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, a former public school teacher, released the following statement Tuesday following Senate passage of Senate Bill 1080. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thursday, Senate Democrats called for sustainable use of the one-time $1.13 billion in funding available for state appropriations. This money would be in addition to the nearly $6.4 billion in federal funding coming to Oklahoma from the American Rescue Plan, of which $1.9 billion is going directly to state government. 

Monday, the US Treasury Department released guidelines for use of the American Rescue Plan dollars to:

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The full Senate adopted a resolution Thursday recognizing the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  The full Senate unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the impact of diabetes in the state and supporting increased health outcomes for those suffering with the disease.

Authored by Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, co-chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Diabetes Caucus, the resolution states there are more than 356,000 Oklahomans living with diabetes and declares their care as preventative care.

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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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