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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed Senate Bill 1464 into law. Authored by Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Judd Strom, R-Copan, the measure requires the Oklahoma State Health Department’s (OSDH) screening list to be updated regularly to match the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP).

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation aimed at increasing the number of direct flights to Oklahoma has now been signed into law. Senate Bill 1461, by Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, creates the Oklahoma Air Service Development Grant Program  (OASDGP), which will be administered by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC).

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation designating Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as the state’s official theatre has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1385, the bipartisan measure bestowing the honor, was coauthored by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd and House Majority Leader Jon Echols and takes effect Nov. 1, 2022.

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The governor has signed Senate Bill 1596, also known as the Oklahoma Health Care Agent Act, which establishes requirements for health care power of attorney and allows Oklahomans to make advanced decisions about their care in case they are temporarily or permanently incapacitated. The measure was authored by Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus.

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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. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City

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Sen. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, released the following statement Thursday following the Wednesday evening tornado that hit Seminole:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to combat the rising concern of adult content reaching Oklahoma children, Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, has worked with local internet service providers (ISPs) to compile a list of resources for parents and guardians.

According to the Family Online Safety Institute, nearly half of all parents are concerned about their children encountering sexually suggestive content, bullying, or other inappropriate behavior online. The concern about this issue usually rises with age as children begin to access more content online.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed Senate Bill 1119 into law, by Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, and Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow. The bill will remove the 270-hour limit adjunct teachers work per semester in a classroom.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill giving greater protection to victims of human trafficking and child abduction has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1569, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, is also known as the “Address Confidentiality for Child Survivors and Their Families Act.”  

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill designed to give families working at Oklahoma military bases greater access to childcare has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt.  Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-Midwest City, is Senate principal author of Senate Bill 1286, which would allow the Department of Defense’s resources to be used for the licensing of child care to serve military bases in the state.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Legislative Latino Caucus announced the 6th annual Hispanic Cultural Day will be held on May 10, 2022, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event allows the Oklahoma Legislature, the Hispanic community, and the public to come together to celebrate Hispanic culture, history, entertainment, and food. Latino Caucus Chairman Sen.

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The full Senate gave unanimous approval to House Bill 3359 Thursday, which would modify the education qualifications for those pursuing a career in funeral directing or embalming. The measure was authored by Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington.

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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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