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Showing: December, 2021
Budget Break Down

For several months now, state revenues have been rolling in above the estimates, pointing to a bright economic future for Oklahoma. On Monday, the state Board of Equalization (BOE) verified the positive fiscal outlook by certifying their preliminary revenue estimate for Fiscal Year 2023. We will hit another historic high next year as they estimate the Legislature could have just over $10.3 billion to appropriate this coming session.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa, announced Monday that Oklahoma had reached an important milestone.  For the first time since 2009, the number of people receiving developmental disabilities services exceeds the number of people on the waitlist. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this month, Sen. Carri Hicks traveled to Las Vegas, where she served as a panelist at the 2021 NCSL Jobs Summit. The Oklahoma City Democrat was asked to share insight and policy recommendations from her September interim study on the childcare crisis and its impact on parents, especially mothers, returning to work.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, filed two bills Thursday addressing an issue of growing concern for Oklahoma parents – the indoctrination of their children in school classrooms and on college campuses.  The first deals with sexually-graphic books in public schools, public charter schools, and school libraries while the second tackles diversity course requirements in colleges and universities.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Kevin Matthews is inviting Oklahomans to come visit the community of Boley this Saturday, Dec. 11, for tours and to hear details of the town’s plans to host a Smithsonian traveling exhibit next May promoting rural America.  Matthews, D-Tulsa, said the events are part of an effort to get Oklahoma’s surviving 13 all-Black communities on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On the heels of Tuesday’s advisory by the U.S. Surgeon General highlighting the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis, Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson said the announcement further validates the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding’s vote to dedicate $7.5 million to expand pediatric behavioral health beds at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Following the sudden and unexpected departure of the University of Oklahoma’s former head football coach that left the Sooner Nation and other football fans in shock, Sen. Bill Coleman has requested legislation to properly “honor” Lincoln Riley. The bill request asks to name the last three inches of the westbound lane of State Highway 325 in the panhandle as the “Lincoln Riley Highway”.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has filed a bill to require legislative approval on decisions by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission that would affect a property’s status as a state park. 

Burns pointed to the Commission’s decision in 2013, removing the state park status of Hugo Lake Park—a decision he said negatively impacted local economies and eliminated funding for the upkeep and modernization of facilities used by park visitors. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Since the U.S. Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, more than 62 million abortions have been performed. To mourn the loss of those precious lives, Sen. Jake Merrick, R-Yukon, and Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont, have filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 14.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, released the following statement Tuesday following updates from Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O'Connor on the state's legal challenges of federal vaccine mandates:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Blake Cowboy Stephens has filed Senate Bill 1128, called the “Employee Liberty and Freedom Act,” to ensure current employees are exempt should employers institute new mandates for vaccines or other medical treatments.  Stephens, R-Tahlequah, said he was particularly concerned about loyal workers suddenly being faced with a new requirement that could force them out of their jobs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, has filed legislation to help further improve accountability and transparency of local school district funding. Senate Bill 1126 would remove the carryover caps for school district general funds and require those carryover amounts be reported to the State Department of Education (SDE).

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has filed Senate Bill 1123, calling for a change in the way motor vehicle accident deaths are handled.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, on Wednesday said he is encouraged by Oklahoma’s recent court victory in challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates.

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor’s and 11 other state attorneys general in November challenged the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. On Tuesday, a federal court granted an injunction putting a hold on the vaccine mandate for health care workers.

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