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OKLAHOMA CITY – The leader of the Oklahoma Senate commented on the withdrawal of an initiative petition on redistricting.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Casey Murdock says he often sees Oklahoma’s rural towns falling by the wayside due to a lack of opportunity and investment on his drive to the state Capitol. The Felt Republican held an interim study on Monday examining the rules and regulations on beef processing facilities in the state with the belief that increasing investment in these facilities will lead to more jobs and opportunity for rural Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After organizing a day of fishing for foster children at a southwest Oklahoma City Park this past weekend, State Sen. Paul Rosino is already working on plans for other similar events around the state.  Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, is vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  The Department of Human Services (DHS) is one of the state agencies under that committee and administers the state’s foster care program.

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In 2015, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, and former Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, began working with their fellow veterans and citizens along with state and federal officials to have a cemetery in Ardmore for Oklahoma’s fallen heroes. Their dream was signed into law in 2017 under Senate Bill 543 and this week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) awarded a nearly $7.4 million grant to establish a State Veterans Cemetery in Ardmore.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Public Safety Committee heard from law enforcement officials, Career Tech representatives and mental health experts Thursday about modernizing training for Oklahoma’s law enforcement officers and their mental health needs. The study was requested by Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and Appropriations Chairman, Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah.

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It’s often said the most important responsibility of the Legislature is to write and pass a balanced budget.  As Senate Appropriations chair, I can tell you that the budget impacts every single man, woman and child in our state.  Each week, I plan to share an article examining different aspects of the budget to help give Oklahomans insight into this work.

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With the state Capitol restoration project just two years away from completion, Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson called Wednesday’s grand opening of the new ground floor visitor entrance a milestone in Oklahoma history.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee held a meeting Tuesday to study ways to improve health outcomes for Oklahomans with diabetes.  The interim study was requested by Oklahoma Legislative Diabetes Caucus co-chair Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, whose son has Type 1 diabetes.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Health and Human Services Chair Greg McCortney held an interim study at the Capitol on Monday examining how the governor’s push toward a managed care system for Medicaid could have unintended yet significant financial consequences for the state if Indian health care services are not handled correctly.

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On the heels of a devastating weekend for law enforcement officers after the brutal attack on two police officers in Los Angeles, Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, plans to file legislation later this fall that will classify any targeted assault or threat to a law enforcement officer, first responder, national guardsman or military service member as a hate crime.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, said there are about 80 phone hotlines operated by various state agencies and advocacy groups, including those designed to help Oklahoma children and youth. An interim study Floyd requested to take a closer look at those emergency lines was held Monday at the state Capitol.

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Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, will host two interim studies on Sept. 22.

The first study will focus on equality issues relating to racial discrimination and bias in Oklahoma across state agencies, communities, organizations and businesses, as well as environmental racism. 

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Senate Majority Leader Kim David is the latest Oklahoman to receive the Oklahoma National Guard’s highest civilian honor—The Oklahoma Medal of Freedom.  David, the wife and mother of current and former guard members, was honored for her work in the Senate over the past decade on behalf of the Oklahoma National Guard and its members. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include former governors George Nigh, Frank Keating and Brad Henry.

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State senator Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, and community leader Jose Cruz are joining the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) in hosting a blood drive in southwest Oklahoma City on Thursday, September 10. 

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Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, was honored as the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association (OK2A) Senator Minuteman of the Year during the OK2A Tulsa County Chapter Meeting on Aug. 27.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Sen. Paul Rosino, Senate chair of the Legislative Veterans Caucus, said an independent investigation into social media posts alleging abuse and neglect at the Lawton Veterans Center has been completed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Advocate General, and showed no substantiated findings.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, and State Rep. Logan Phillips, R-Mounds, were elected co-chairs during the first meeting of Oklahoma’s Rural Broadband Expansion Council, which was held virtually on Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson and Transportation Committee Chair Rob Standridge made the following comments after Thursday’s announcement that Oklahoma had gone from 49th in the nation to a Top Ten state for the condition of its highway system bridges.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Sen. Carri Hicks has been given approval for two studies to be held during the 2020 interim.  One study will examine standards of care of diabetes and the needed insurance coverage to prevent negative health outcomes. A second study will look at the sale of padded crib bumpers and risks of suffocation and strangulation.

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