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Sen. Kevin Matthews’s Press Releases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Democratic Caucus released the following joint statement on Tuesday, with additional comments issued by Senators Kevin Matthews and George Young:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democrats applauded passage of House Bill 3350, providing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired public employees.  The full Senate approved the bill on Friday.

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Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd discusses Gov. Stitt's State of the State address alongside her caucus members. Pictured L-R: Brenda Stanley, J.J. read more.

State Sen. Kevin Matthews, Chair of the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission, announced Friday that Tulsan Phil Armstrong had been chosen to serve as project director. The Commission will facilitate actions, activities, and events that commemorate and educate citizens in Oklahoma and throughout the nation about the history surrounding the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in an area that was once known as the nation’s Black Wall Street.

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State Sen. Kevin Matthews announced Friday that the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission will host a groundbreaking ceremony of the Pathway to Hope on Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m.   Matthews is chairman of the Commission.

“The Pathway to Hope walkway will serve to connect and tell the story of the buildings, exhibits and history of the Greenwood area in preparation of the 100th anniversary of the race massacre in 2021,” said Matthews, D-Tulsa.

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The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission invites the public to participate in a community input meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Cultural Center located at 322 N. Greenwood.  That’s according to Sen. Kevin Matthews, Chair of the Commission.

“It was clear that our community is eager to develop sustainable economic development and mobility solutions. We invite all who are interested to be a part of the process of finding the solutions that work best for the Greenwood District and north Tulsa,” said Matthews, D-Tulsa.

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A key piece of criminal justice reform legislation is headed to the full Senate for a vote.  State Sen. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, is a Senate co-author of House Bill 1269.  The measure was previously approved by the House before winning approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full Appropriations Committee before the April 11 committee vote deadline.

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State Sen. Kevin Matthews has been named Caucus Chair for the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 57th Oklahoma State Legislature.  As Caucus Chair, Matthews will organize and preside over caucus meetings and help identify issues and legislation of importance Senate Democrats. 

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Tulsa Senator Kevin Matthews has announced a press conference tomorrow morning, June 19th at 10:30 at Greenwood and Archer in Tulsa to honor the “Juneteenth” holiday and celebrate legislation he co-authored to teach students about the historic event in Oklahoma schools.

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State Sen. Kevin Matthews will announce the completion of a curriculum to be taught statewide related to the 1921 Race Riot on Tuesday, February 20 at Douglass High School (900 North Martin Luther King Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) at 10:15am. Matthews is the founder and Chair of the 1921 Centennial Commission that created the curriculum to educate the public about the riot, which is also referred to as a massacre by locals and many who have studied this tragedy.
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