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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt signed two bills Tuesday to protect state employees who are nursing.  Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, authored the measures to ensure mothers are allowed daily break time and privacy to breastfeed or express milk. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation designating who owns and is responsible for wastewater resulting from oil and natural gas drilling operations was signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Last year, the legislature approved a $2 per hour pay increase for “behind the wall” personnel at the Department of Corrections (DOC) but hundreds of employees were inadvertently excluded.  To address the oversight, Sen.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson said the veto of a bill restoring a sales tax exemption to the University Hospitals Authority and Trust will hurt Oklahoma’s efforts to improve access to health care.  Thompson, R-Okemah, and Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, were principal authors of Senate Bill 1703 which was vetoed by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday.

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Legislation protecting the use of video monitoring for residents in assisted living centers and continuum of care facilities was signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday. Authored by Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, the measure offers these residents the same level of protection as those in nursing homes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – This week, the State Board of Education must begin authorizing out-of-state teaching certificates after Senate Bill 1125 was signed into law Monday.  The bill, by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, will help increase the number of teachers in the state by recognizing valid out-of-state teaching certificates, with no other requirements except a criminal history record check. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation strengthening laws dealing with violence against people who work in hospitals and health care facilities has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1290, the Medical Care Provider Protection Act, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, and Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, was approved by the governor on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A plan to help pay for Medicaid in Oklahoma passed off the Senate floor Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation creating a system for licensing midwives has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1823, creating Shepherd’s Law, was signed into law Monday by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Unemployed Oklahomans who are self-employed rallied at the state Capitol Monday wanting answers to why their claims have not been fulfilled after weeks of waiting.  Sen. Mary Boren has been working tirelessly trying to get answers as many unemployed Oklahomans are facing eviction and other financial troubles.

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To alleviate the blood supply shortage caused by COVID-19, Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, will host a blood drive in Enid in conjunction with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate unanimously approved legislation Friday to ensure police officers seriously injured in the line of duty can get full disability benefits.  House Bill 3330, by Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, creates the Sergeant Schoolfield Line of Duty Disability Act named after Matthew Schoolfield, a 10-year veteran of the Chickasha Police Department, who was shot three times in the line of duty on Sept. 17, 2017 while serving a search warrant.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, applauded House passage of Senate Bill 1046 on Friday, just two days after the Senate approved the measure as a part of the launch of SoonerCare 2.0 on July 1.  The measure has now been sent to the governor and awaits his signature.

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Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, released the following statement Friday after passage of House Bill 3350.  The bill will provide a 2% cost-of-living adjustment for those who have been retired from public service for 2-5 years and a 4% increase for those who have been retired for more than 5 years. Pemberton was the original principal Senate author of HB 3350 along with Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, who was the principal House author. 

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The full Senate approved House Bill 3350 on Friday that gives a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to state retirees.

State Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, was a co-author for the measure.

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State Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, called on Governor Kevin Stitt on Thursday to reconsider the decision of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs to reduce the number of juvenile detention center beds from six to zero at the Texas County Juvenile Detention Center located in Hooker.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democrats applauded passage of House Bill 3350, providing a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired public employees.  The full Senate approved the bill on Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved a bill giving a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to state retirees.  The measure was approved Friday on a bipartisan vote of 41-5.  Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3350.

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The Senate approved the executive nomination of Kingfisher resident Lori Burns on Tuesday to serve as a member of the Board of Regents of Redlands Community College in El Reno. Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, carried the nomination.  

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