Press Releases

Showing: April, 2022

State Senator George Young, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement after the passage of House Bill 3364 on Thursday.

“This piece of legislation was explained as to helping our electoral process, specifically dealing with absentee voting.

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Oklahoma City - Sen. Mary Boren voiced her support for objections to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) $200 million line of credit application that was filed this week with the Council of Bond Oversight. Attorneys for Norman homeowners and members of the nonprofit Pike Off OTA filed objections, which focused on the OTA’s lack of legal authority to build the turnpikes in Norman that could threaten the property and livelihoods of thousands of Oklahomans.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given its approval to House Bill 4327, a measure that would effectively ban nearly all abortions beginning at conception.  Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, is Senate principal author of the measure.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to give Oklahoma’s full-time state employees one personal holiday. House Bill 4190 would allow workers to choose from Good Friday, Juneteenth, Statehood Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, or the employee’s birthday. Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, are the principal authors of the legislation.

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The Senate gave full approval in a 43-3 vote Wednesday evening to name the Quarter Horse as Oklahoma’s official state horse.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two education bills addressing the critical teacher shortage and worsening mental health of Oklahoma students made their way through the Senate Thursday. Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and Education Committee Vice Chair Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, carried the bills in the Senate.

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Earlier this week, Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed a floor substitute on House Bill 1077 to prohibit environmental, social or corporate governance (ESG) in the state of Oklahoma.

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Senate Democrats held a press conference to give an update on the 2022 legislative session. Speakers included:

Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City

Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City

Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa

Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman

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Oklahoma City – The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to attract research and development companies to Oklahoma to help further diversify the state’s economy. House Bill 4354, also known as the Oklahoma Research and Development Act, by Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, would direct the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) to provide matching grants for eligible companies that partner with Oklahoma’s research universities or nonprofit research institutions to foster research and development in the key industries.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given approval to a bill creating an income tax credit to help defray some of the costs associated with adoptions.  Sen. Chuck Hall, R-Perry, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3088.  Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, is principal House author of the measure.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, said he was shocked and disappointed after the veto of his Senate Bill 176 Tuesday by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill, which was approved unanimously by both the Senate and House, would have extended the deadline passed last session temporarily increasing annual leave accumulation limits and allowing state employees to carry over their unused annual leave above the state allowed cap due to the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of Fiscal Year 2022. SB 176 would have extended this benefit through the end of FY’23. 

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The governor signed Senate Bill 1100 on Tuesday, approving the first of its kind ban that prohibits nonbinary classifications on state birth certificates. The legislation was authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair.  

Under the bill, the biological sex designation on Oklahoma birth certificates may only be male or female, outlawing the use of “X” or any other symbol to represent a nonbinary designation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given approval to a measure further protecting and supporting the 2ndAmendment in Oklahoma.  House Bill 3144 would prohibit state contracts from being made with companies that discriminate against a firearm entity or firearm trade association.  Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, is the principal Senate author of the measure, and the House principal author is Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore.

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Sen. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, won passage of House Bill 1933 from the full Senate Tuesday, moving the measure closer to becoming law.  

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The Senate gave approval Tuesday to a measure that would require the state to divest from any financial company that boycotts the energy industry. Also known as the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022, House Bill 2034 is authored by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro, and aims to support Oklahoma’s largest industry – oil and gas.

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The Senate gave approval to House Bill 3286 on Tuesday, legislation that would increase the penalty for stalking from a misdemeanor to a felony while also providing a warning to those who are accused of stalking.

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State Senator George Young, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement after the House Bill 4190 failed 23-18 in the Senate Tuesday.  

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Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed two floor substitutes this past week aimed at further strengthening and protecting the Second Amendment in the state.

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State Senator George Young, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement after the passage of House Bill 2974 and House Bill 2976 in the Senate on Tuesday.

“I voted no on two pieces of legislation that I feel would result in voter suppression in our state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans could be getting fewer irritating solicitation calls thanks to legislation unanimously approved Tuesday by the Senate. House Bill 3168, by Sen. Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City, creates the Telephone Solicitation Act of 2022, which would prohibit numerous types of marketing calls and set strict parameters on when others can be made.

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