OKLAHOMA CITY – The Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding recently submitted its final recommendations to the Legislature for the state’s portion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Co-chairs of the Economic Development and Workforce Working Group Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, praised their colleagues’ dedication to meet Oklahoma’s workforce challenges and strengthen its economy following the pandemic.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, and Vice Chair Chuck Hall, R- Perry, said Oklahomans would see generational benefits as a result of the incredible hard work and dedication of members of the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding over the past year. On Tuesday, the bicameral, bipartisan committee approved more than $1.1 billion in projects through funding provided by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that will address critical needs facing the state – needs that were heightened as a result of the pandemic. Thompson and Halread more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. President Pro Tem Greg Treat and Sen. Paul Rosino (R-Oklahoma City) released the following joint statement after the Helping Every Life and Parent (H.E.L.P) Task Force unanimously recommended the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) expand coverage for SoonerCare members receiving pregnancy and postpartum services.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The official 9/11 Remembrance “Freedom Flag” will be flown at the Oklahoma State Capitol beginning today, Sept. 9 through Sept. 16 in remembrance of the victims who died, first responders and military personnel that responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
This past legislative session, SB 1466 was enacted, authorizing the commemorative flag to be flown on state property. The legislation was sponsored by Senators Dave Rader and Blake Stephens and Representatives Daniel Pae and Melissa Provenzano.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Legislative Diabetes Caucus is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma to host a statewide blood drive to raise awareness for diabetes. Caucus co-chairs Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Eddy Dempsey, R-Valliant, said the “Mission Express: Turn Blue for Diabetes” statewide blood drive is taking place through Friday, Sept. 16 and will provide an opportunity to address two of the state’s critical health needs.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Rosino has been honored for his work to improve health care in Oklahoma. Rosino, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, received the Legislator of the Year award from the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians on Thursday. The honor was for Rosino’s outstanding commitment to the betterment of the health of the people of Oklahoma.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding on Tuesday advanced the second slate of projects for consideration in the Legislature's upcoming special session on American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
The nine ARPA requests that will now be considered by the full Legislature are:
OKLAHOMA CITY - Sen. Julia Kirt will host a series of public forums in September to let Oklahomans hear from tax and economic experts about Oklahoma’s tax system as well as allow citizens to share their ideas, concerns, and questions on the issue.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat has named Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, to the state’s Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) oversight committee.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – On Friday, Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, warned against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order claiming to protect school employees from being pressured into paying union dues.
“On Thursday, the State Board of Education approved another 1,077 emergency certifications for teachers, bringing the total for this school year to over 3,000 because of Oklahoma’s unresolved and growing teacher shortage. Partisan and divisive executive orders like Governor Stitt’s are not protecting teachers. Instead, they give teachers one more reason to leave the classroom.read more.
Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Brian Hill, R-Mustang, released the following statements Friday regarding the Oklahoma State Board of Education’s refusal to reexamine the accreditation status of Mustang Public Schools that was previously penalized over allegations that they violated House Bill 1775, limiting classroom discussion on race and gender.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY - State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, released the following statement about Senate Bill 612 going into effect Friday. Dahm introduced and was Senate author of the bill, which makes it a felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion, punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and/or up to 10 years in prison.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY. – On Thursday, Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, applauded Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order calling on the State Board of Education to take action to protect school employees’ First Amendment rights to decide whether to pay union dues.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, released the following statements Monday following the tragic shooting of two Oklahoma County sheriff deputies, killing one and seriously injuring the other.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, plans to refile legislation prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 from undergoing gender reassignment medical treatment in the state. Hamilton had originally filed the legislation in the 2021 session, but the measure did not receive a hearing.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State leaders praised the positive impact of the Oklahoma National Guard Educational Assistance Act that went into effect July 1, providing a more affordable pathway for Oklahoma National Guard members to pursue a higher education. Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, authored Senate Bill 1418 to help not only honor these heroes’ service but to help improve guard recruitment and retention.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, released the following statement after the FBI raid of former President Trump’s home on Monday night.
“This rogue Biden regime continues to outdo itself. This weaponization of the FBI and the DOJ against former President Trump is unprecedented and should frighten those who cherish their freedoms.read more.
Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, released the following statement Thursday regarding the resignation of Department of Human Services Director Justin Brown and retirement of Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Director Ricky Adams.
“These two public servants have dedicated their careers to helping protect the health, welfare and public safety of Oklahomans and have made a lasting impact on our state and citizens through their work at DHS and OSBI.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Health and Human Services Chair Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement on Tuesday thanking Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Justin Brown for his service. After leading the agency for three years, Brown announced he would be stepping down as director – his last day will be Aug. 19.read more.