Press Releases

Showing: December, 2020

After seeing a need in both Moore and Duncan for “Blessing Boxes” – emergency food pantries filled with non-perishable food items and toiletries – Sen. Darrell Weaver, his wife, Kim, and family decided to bless both towns with a box to meet the immediate needs of the communities.

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Sen. Casey Murdock says he agrees with Gov. Kevin Stitt that sweeping statewide restrictions are not the most effective strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Murdock, R-Felt, said after looking at New Mexico, a state that has mandated masks statewide and has imposed more severe business restrictions, he found its approach hasn’t resulted in saving more lives or jobs compared to Oklahoma. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to expand domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ rights was filed on Wednesday by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, and 14 other senators sent a letter on Tuesday urging Congress to fight illegal ballots in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, filed Senate Bill 161 on Thursday to increase Oklahoman’s minimum wage requirement.

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Virtual Redistricting Meetings Scheduled

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the State Senate redistricting offices have scheduled two virtual town hall meetings on the legislative redistricting process to answer questions and take comments from the public in real time.

The virtual meetings are scheduled for: 6 p.m., Monday, Dec 21, and 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25

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State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, is once again raising concern regarding managed care organizations (MCO) after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report finding access and quality problems in managed care.

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State Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, announced Wednesday his intent to file the Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act/Equal Protection and Equal Justice Act, which would criminalize and end all abortions in Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, said the entire state should be proud after Amanda English, a former police chief who is now an educator at Metro Tech in Oklahoma City, was named National Teacher of the Year for 2021 by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

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Lawton area legislators including Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton; Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika; Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton; Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin; Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton; and Rep. Rande Worthen, R-Lawton, released the following statement after the COVID-19 vaccine was distributed to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday:

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Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed the Defend the Guard Act Monday to ensure men and women serving in the Oklahoma National Guard are only deployed as directed by the United States Constitution.

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Senators Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, and Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa, received committee appointments Tuesday for the 58thSession of the Oklahoma Legislature.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, is continuing her efforts to protect Oklahoma’s infants by filing legislation to ban the sale of crib bumpers and prohibit their use in hotels and other places of public accommodation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) already prohibits their use in childcare facilities in the state. She says Senate Bill 98, the “Safe Sleep Act,” will help reduce the risk of infant suffocation and strangulation. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, issued the following statement Thursday after Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his support of a Texas lawsuit challenging the 2020 presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives have planned a bipartisan, bicameral virtual demonstration of the redistricting software, Maptitude for Redistricting by Caliper, that both chambers will use to redraw new legislative and congressional distri

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A small group of senators took the oath of office Tuesday during a ceremony on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Noma Gurich administered the oath of office while Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell presided over the ceremonies.

Among the group was Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. It was the final time Treat, who was re-elected in November, will take the oath of office. Additionally, next session will be Treat’s third as president pro tempore, the Senate’s top leadership post.

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State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, issued the following statement Tuesday after Texas announced it was challenging the 2020 presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, announced committee assignments today for members of the Senate Democratic Caucus for the 58th Legislature.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat on Tuesday announced his appointments of chairs and vice chairs of Senate committees. Treat also announced Republican committee assignments.

Treat said an important change to committees this session is on the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Treat has named as members of that committee senators who represent military facilities in the state of Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate’s series of statewide redistricting town hall meetings gets underway next week with meetings in Ada and Chickasha. The Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives are partnering together with each chamber hosting a series of meetings the next several weeks at sites across the state in an effort to solicit input and inform citizens about the redistricting process.

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