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OKLAHOMA CITY – The governor has given final approval to Senate Bill 736, which will allow county health departments across the state to share resources in an effort to improve public health in Oklahoma.

Authored by Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, the measure allows county health departments to form “health districts,” comprised of multiple member counties, with the goal to pool resources to enhance health outcomes for the member counties.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – This session, Sen. Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City, wanted to even the playing field for high school sports fans by ensuring access to broadcast streams, and Governor Stitt made it happen Monday by signing Senate Bill 302 into law. The measure grants visiting teams in all regular high school athletic competitions the same rights to video stream as is already provided for radio and television broadcasts beginning in the upcoming school year.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is now among those states officially calling for an Article V Convention of the States.  Authored by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, and House Majority Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, Senate Joint Resolution 23 was approved by Gov. Stitt on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has given final approval to a bill ensuring payment parity for physicians who care for patients using telemedicine.  Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, is the principal Senate author of Senate Bill 674. The measure was approved on Thursday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard said Oklahomans will not have to worry about their church being shut down during future state or national emergencies after the signing of Senate Bill 368 into law this week. The Durant Republican is the author of the bill that prohibits any religious institution from being declared nonessential.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – More elderly and frail inmates in Oklahoma’s prisons could soon qualify for medical parole under legislation signed into law Tuesday. Senate Bill 320, authored by Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan,

will allow those offenders deemed medically frail or vulnerable to be considered for medical parole, also known as compassionate release.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Senate bills to help manage huge spikes in energy costs after February’s historic winter storm will protect seniors, families, small businesses and Oklahoma’s economy.  That’s according to Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, chair of the Senate select committee created to study the issue.  Both Senate Bills 1049 and 1050 were recently signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation was signed Tuesday strengthening penalties for those who knowingly sell or provide alcohol to minors. Senate Bill 283 by Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, will require those convicted of such offenses to attend a victims impact panel program, along with other current penalties.

Brooks explained that the legislation was originally requested by a government class at Oklahoma City’s Southeast High School, who had participated in the Generation Citizen Project.   

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two bills protecting the leave of state employees during governor-declared state emergencies are now law. Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, authored the bills after learning of the hundreds of hours of annual and compensatory leave accrued during the pandemic, and state employees not being able or allowed to take it by the end of the year.         

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to ensure Oklahomans are informed about the costs associated with a state question and where that funding could come from is now law.  Senate Bill 947, by Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City, was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is officially a Second Amendment Sanctuary State after the governor signed Senate Bill 631 into law on Monday.

Authored by freshman Senator Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, the measure preempts the entire field of legislation by any agency or political subdivision of the state to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of Oklahoma citizens.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – On Monday, Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, filed a formal complaint with Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat regarding violations of Senate Rules by Senator Nathan Dahm. A copy of the complaint is included below:

The Honorable Greg Treat
President Pro Tempore
Oklahoma Senate

April 26, 2021

Dear President Pro Tempore Treat:

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement on Friday regarding comments made by Sen. Nathan Dahm about Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure to better protect victims of domestic violence from harassment through social media was approved Thursday in the Senate. Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, is the principal Senate author of the measure and said House Bill 1007 is needed to bring victim protection laws in line with new technologies and communication platforms.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –Legislation to help law enforcement better aid victims of domestic violence has now been approved by both chambers and will next be considered by Gov. Kevin Stitt.  Senate Bill 17, by Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa, received overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators.  The measure enhances Oklahoma’s Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) used by law enforcement investigating domestic violence crimes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday to allow voters more time to cast early ballots. Senate Floor Leader Kim David, R-Porter, said House Bill 2663 is needed to improve voter participation by giving Oklahomans an additional day to vote by in-person absentee ballot.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate voted Wednesday in favor of House Bill 1775.  Standridge, R-Norman, is a coauthor of the legislation, by Sen.  David Bullard, R-Durant, and Rep.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation was signed Wednesday to better protect the rights of grieving families after the loss of a pregnancy. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, and Rep. Marilyn Stark, R-Bethany, are the authors of Senate Bill 647. Lily’s Law extends to all families, regardless of when a stillbirth or fetal death occurs, the right to request their child’s remains for private burial.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill clarifying the definition of rape to include acts within or without the bonds of matrimony is on its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 2666, by Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The full Senate has approved legislation to ensure disclosure of foreign investments in medical marijuana businesses.  House Bill 2272, by Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, and Rep. Josh West, R-Grove, was requested by Attorney General Mike Hunter.  The measure was approved in the Senate on Wednesday.

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