David and Floyd made history in Oklahoma when they became the first women since statehood to hold the posts of Majority and Minority leaders in the First Session of the 57th Legislature. David was also the first woman to serve as Senate Appropriations Chair.read more.
The Senate Education Committee approved legislation Tuesday to help fill the large number of teaching vacancies in the state. Retired teacher Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, said his Senate Bill 1115 is desperately needed to help decrease classroom sizes by extending emergency teaching certificates.read more.
A pair of bills aimed at increasing accountability for those convicted of domestic violence have been approved by the full Senate. Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, is the author of both measures, which were approved on Monday.read more.
The Oklahoma Senate approved legislation to improve fiscal transparency and accountability of Oklahoma’s state agencies. Senate Bill 177, by Sen. Ron Sharp, was one of the seven recommendations made by the multi-grand jury in May 2018 following the discovery of financial issues at the State Department of Health.read more.
After years of stalled attempts to modernize Oklahoma statutes dealing with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), compromise legislation has cleared the full Senate. Senate Bill 801 would bring Oklahoma in line with much of the country in how CRNAs are regulated. The bill, authored by Sen. Paul Rosino, was approved unanimously on Monday.read more.
An exemption allowing in-home hospice providers the ability to opt out of electronic prescribing has been passed by the full Senate.read more.
A bill requiring Oklahoma school districts to adopt suicide awareness and training programs for grades seven through 12 has been passed by the Senate.read more.
Under current state law, honorably discharged veterans get free entry to all state parks and museums. However, the law is written assuming state parks charge per person rather than per vehicle, which parks are starting to do. To ensure these veterans continue getting free entry, Sen. read more.
The full Senate has voted in favor of a measure that would increase Oklahoma’s statute of limitations for both first and second degree manslaughter. Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, is principal author of Senate Bill 414. The Senate gave unanimous approval to the bill on Wednesday, the first bill to pass off the floor during the 2020 legislative session.read more.