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Sen. Mary B. Boren’s Press Releases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Mary Boren had the opportunity to represent Oklahoma as a judge for the 2021 State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) Award at the 75th Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) Annual Meeting in Nashville July 10-14. The Norman Democrat was joined by 14 other legislators and legislative staff representing their member states.       

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, released the following statement regarding the passing of her father, Donald Max Brown, on Thursday. Mr. Brown, who resided in Perry, Oklahoma, worked as the County Administrator for the Noble County Department of Human Services from 1979 to 2004, but worked throughout Tillman, Greer, and Noble Counties. Prior to working for DHS, he was a house parent at the Tipton Children’s Home from 1974-1979. He served as an Elder of the Perry Church of Christ until his health declined in 2018.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Mary Boren has requested three interim studies that received approval last week by the Senate Pro Tempore. These meetings allow legislators to hear from industry experts, government agencies and private citizens to have a broader understanding of an issue and decide whether legislative action is needed.

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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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On Wednesday, April 14, Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, will be hosting EV (Electric Vehicle) Day at the Oklahoma History Center. The public event will welcome industry leaders from around the state to educate consumers on electric vehicles and Oklahoma’s role in the industry.

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Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, released the following statement on SB 6 prohibiting the publishing of identifying information of a law enforcement officer with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass, or stalk the individuals. The bill passed the Senate 39-8. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this month, the Senate approved legislation codifying the authority of municipalities to adopt ordinances allowing the painting of blue lines and posting of signage to honor law enforcement officers.  Sen. Mary Boren tried to amend Senate Bill 834 to include similar recognition by cities and towns for first responders and medical care providers, but her amendment was not allowed to be heard on the Senate floor.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – While women are protected from various types of discrimination throughout their education under Title IX, Sen. Mary Boren says the law needs to be stronger to protect expecting mothers in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Nearly 1,000 Oklahomans died in the Vietnam War, and many more were injured. Among those brave souls was U.S. Marine Corp. Private First Class Tommy Wayne Haley of Lexington, who died while in combat. Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, has filed Senate Bill 444 to honor Haley’s service and sacrifice by designating the bridge over Chouteau Creek on U.S. Highway 77 in Cleveland County as the “Tommy Wayne Haley Memorial Bridge”.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, has filed legislation to allow Oklahoma voters to raise the standard for public school funding in the state constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 9 would create a state question to require the legislature to “make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient and equitable system of free public schools”.

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