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Sen. Frank Simpson’s Press Releases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Frank Simpson was recently honored on the Senate floor for his tireless support and legislative contributions to the Oklahoma National Guard during his tenure in the Senate. The Springer Republican was presented with the Oklahoma Thunderbird medal for “outstanding service, achievement or contribution made in support of Oklahoma National Guard missions” by Oklahoma Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino and Oklahoma Air National Guard Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Master Sgt. Scott Irwin.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, said he was shocked and disappointed after the veto of his Senate Bill 176 Tuesday by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill, which was approved unanimously by both the Senate and House, would have extended the deadline passed last session temporarily increasing annual leave accumulation limits and allowing state employees to carry over their unused annual leave above the state allowed cap due to the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of Fiscal Year 2022. SB 176 would have extended this benefit through the end of FY’23. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate approved a trio of bills Monday honoring the service and sacrifice of Oklahoma’s military and their families. Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee chair Frank Simpson, R-Springer, authored the bills to ensure veterans are provided a proper burial and to help Oklahoma’s heroes save money in various areas.   

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Frank Simpson released the following statement after visiting with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) about evaluating the dangerous intersection of U.S. 377 and State Highways 22 and 99.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, released the following statement about the tragic accident in Tishomingo Tuesday that resulted in the deaths of six high school students.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma driver licenses could soon begin carrying a special designation for veterans who are 100% disabled, along with their spouses or surviving spouses. Senate Bill 1177’s author, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, said the simple license modification will make it easier for the state and businesses to know which veterans are eligible for the sales tax exemption and other benefits awarded to fully disabled members.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to protect the sales tax exemption provided to Oklahoma’s 100% disabled veterans was signed into law Wednesday. Senate Bill 415’s author, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, who serves as the chair of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, said the bill was desperately needed to stop the fraudulent use of the benefit for Oklahoma’s heroes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two bills protecting the leave of state employees during governor-declared state emergencies are now law. Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, authored the bills after learning of the hundreds of hours of annual and compensatory leave accrued during the pandemic, and state employees not being able or allowed to take it by the end of the year.         

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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 – Each year, thousands of military families are transferred to Oklahoma’s four military bases. Navy veteran and Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee chair Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, authored a pair of bills this session to help these families speed up the process of getting their children back in the classroom. Senate Bills 68 and 69 were signed into law Tuesday.

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