Press Releases

Showing: September, 2020

State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, has been taking a deep dive into the agricultural industry and important issues facing farmers and ranchers in the state. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, has been named honorary chair of the Oklahoma City Folds of Honor’s Operation 261 campaign, a drive to fund scholarships for spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.  Since the founding of Folds of Honor in 2007, the organization has awarded over 24,500 educational scholarships.

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When the legislature writes the budget, the funds we appropriate come from many different revenue streams, like income taxes, oil and gas taxes, cigarette taxes and others as well—about 20 in all.  I think people are aware that oil and gas collections are still low, and when that industry is down, it impacts many other areas in our economy. Add that to the economic impact of the pandemic, and it should be clear to see the challenges our state is facing. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, said he is preparing legislation for the 2021 session to make it illegal to “dox” an Oklahoma law enforcement officer. The term doxing refers to using the internet to research and post documents or other material in order to intimidate, attack or harass an individual.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On the heels of mounting racial tension brewing across the United States, Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, hosted two interim studies on Tuesday that examined the benefits of forming a state commission on race and equality and requiring racial impact statements for new legislation that would impact the criminal justice system.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An interim study held Wednesday in the Oklahoma Senate examined the potential to make permanent changes that the Oklahoma Legislature made earlier this year to the state’s open meeting law that allowed agencies, boards and commissions at the state and local level to meet and hold public meetings virtually, in accordance with health and safety guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is now the 30th state in the nation to form a “Future Caucus” to find bipartisan solutions to issues that impact younger generations.  The Future Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of members age 45 and younger and will be co-chaired by Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, Rep. Ajay Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The leader of the Oklahoma Senate commented on the withdrawal of an initiative petition on redistricting.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Casey Murdock says he often sees Oklahoma’s rural towns falling by the wayside due to a lack of opportunity and investment on his drive to the state Capitol. The Felt Republican held an interim study on Monday examining the rules and regulations on beef processing facilities in the state with the belief that increasing investment in these facilities will lead to more jobs and opportunity for rural Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After organizing a day of fishing for foster children at a southwest Oklahoma City Park this past weekend, State Sen. Paul Rosino is already working on plans for other similar events around the state.  Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, is vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  The Department of Human Services (DHS) is one of the state agencies under that committee and administers the state’s foster care program.

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In 2015, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, and former Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, began working with their fellow veterans and citizens along with state and federal officials to have a cemetery in Ardmore for Oklahoma’s fallen heroes. Their dream was signed into law in 2017 under Senate Bill 543 and this week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) awarded a nearly $7.4 million grant to establish a State Veterans Cemetery in Ardmore.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Public Safety Committee heard from law enforcement officials, Career Tech representatives and mental health experts Thursday about modernizing training for Oklahoma’s law enforcement officers and their mental health needs. The study was requested by Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and Appropriations Chairman, Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah.

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It’s often said the most important responsibility of the Legislature is to write and pass a balanced budget.  As Senate Appropriations chair, I can tell you that the budget impacts every single man, woman and child in our state.  Each week, I plan to share an article examining different aspects of the budget to help give Oklahomans insight into this work.

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With the state Capitol restoration project just two years away from completion, Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson called Wednesday’s grand opening of the new ground floor visitor entrance a milestone in Oklahoma history.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee held a meeting Tuesday to study ways to improve health outcomes for Oklahomans with diabetes.  The interim study was requested by Oklahoma Legislative Diabetes Caucus co-chair Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, whose son has Type 1 diabetes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Health and Human Services Chair Greg McCortney held an interim study at the Capitol on Monday examining how the governor’s push toward a managed care system for Medicaid could have unintended yet significant financial consequences for the state if Indian health care services are not handled correctly.

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On the heels of a devastating weekend for law enforcement officers after the brutal attack on two police officers in Los Angeles, Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, plans to file legislation later this fall that will classify any targeted assault or threat to a law enforcement officer, first responder, national guardsman or military service member as a hate crime.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, said there are about 80 phone hotlines operated by various state agencies and advocacy groups, including those designed to help Oklahoma children and youth. An interim study Floyd requested to take a closer look at those emergency lines was held Monday at the state Capitol.

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