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Showing: June, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED), a non-partisan organization and producer of the annual RIED Report, a grading system of Oklahoma legislators’ votes on key economic development issues, announced today that Senator Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee) recorded a perfect score of 100 on the 2017 RIED Report. His cumulative average is 98.

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Sen. Michael Brooks was sworn in as the newest member of the Oklahoma State Senate on Tuesday, during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol.  Brooks, a lifelong southwest Oklahoma City resident, small business owner and attorney, won the Senate District 44 seat in a special election held July 11.

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Sen. Pittman celebrates Juneteenth
Seeks to raise awareness of special day in black history
Sen. Anastasia Pittman joined citizens of Clearview, one of Oklahoma’s historical all-black towns, last week to celebrate their Founder’s Day and Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S.
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Senate Appropriations Chair Kim David said she was disappointed by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s decision to cancel the Request for Proposal (RFP) for SoonerHealth+, a capitated care coordination plan to serve Oklahoma Medicaid’s aged, blind and disabled (ABD) population. read more.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz recently appointed Sen. Ron Sharp to The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Education Committee for the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). read more.

“In western Oklahoma, going to work or taking your goods to market often means a lot of windshield time in a car or truck. That means we understand and appreciate even more the value of a safe and reliable transportation system. Secretary Ridley has done a tremendous job leading our state’s effort to make improve transportation system. I’ve worked with Secretary Ridley in a variety of capacities, as a staffer for both U.S. Representative Frank Lucas and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and as a state senator. He’s always been helpful and reliable partner in the effort to improve Oklahoma’s roads. read more.

“Oklahoma has made great strides in recent years in improving our state’s transportation infrastructure, and Secretary Gary Ridley deserves a good deal of credit for leading the way. As chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, it has been great to work with the secretary as we make sure state agencies charged with maintaining our transportation system have the tools and resources necessary to do the job. I want to congratulate Secretary Ridley and wish him well on his retirement.” – Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, chair, Senate Transportation Committee.

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OKLAHOMA CITY Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, is resigning his seat to pursue a promotion in his professional career. Newberrys resignation will be effective January 31, 2018. The governor must set a date for a special election to replace Newberry.

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