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Wed
19
Mar
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“Senate Session Series”

Last week, the Senate approved a bill to address Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate, which has continually been among one of the highest for the past several years. In the past, the state legislature has passed laws
that were “hard on crime,” which caused our prisons to become overpopulated costing the state millions of dollars. 
 
Wed
19
Mar
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Time on Tests

I hear from educators and parents throughout the state about “teaching to the test” and time spent on testing. I agree teachers should spend more time teaching and students should spend less time worrying about tests.
But I want to clear up some myths   
 
Wed
12
Mar
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Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, about the FY 2015 President’s Budget Request

“Recognizing the importance of the services we deliver each day to the American public, the FY 2015 President’s Budget requests $12.024 billion for Social Security’s administrative expenses. The FY 2015 Budget request will
replace some of the cuts due to sequestration and allow us to continue building on the progress we are making in FY 2014 
 
Wed
05
Mar
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The Time to Fix the Capitol is Now

The Oklahoma Capitol was built in 1917. Since then it has been the People’s House - a place where state business is conducted and laws are written and passed. It is also a living museum where school children and other
visitors come to learn about the history of their state and the workings of their government. For many who pass through Oklahoma, it is the lasting impression they have of our home 
 
Wed
26
Feb
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“Senate Session Series”

This week is the deadline for committee consideration of Senate bills. We started with 1,000 Senate bills, including joint resolutions, and just under 950 were carried over from last session for a total of nearly 2,000 bills.
As of Monday, there were roughly around 700 more bills awaiting consideration in committees 
 
Wed
12
Feb
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“Senate Session Series”

I have received an overwhelming number of calls and emails to my office regarding efforts to legalize the use of marijuana in various capacities within Oklahoma state law. This outreach has been both in support and against
the issue, and I commend these individuals for being involved in the process 
 
Wed
05
Feb
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Oklahoma Drought Expands During Dry January

Oklahoma became a weather battleground state during January. A large upper-level ridge of high pressure entrenched over the western United States battled a deep trough of low pressure to the east for supremacy over the state’s weather. When the ridge gained the upper hand, temperatures at times rose into the 60s and 70s. Several locations even managed to reach 80 degrees on January 12, the highest temperature recorded during the month.
 
Wed
05
Feb
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DHS makes crisis assistance funding for propane users available for low-income households

Oklahoma Capitol -- In response to an Executive Order from the Office of Governor Mary Fallin, a limited amount of additional funding giving priority to propane users will be available through the Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP is part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).
 
Wed
22
Jan
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Take Shelter Oklahoma Applauds New Legislation Aimed at Funding Shelters in Schools

Oklahoma City (Jan. 15, 2014) – New legislation introduced today by Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) to protect more than 506,000 Oklahoma school children from tornadoes was met with applause from Take Shelter
Oklahoma. A grassroots campaign composed of concerned parents, educators and community members, Take Shelter Oklahoma has been working since last September to ensure the safety and security of schoolchildren
living in “Tornado Alley.”  
 
Wed
08
Jan
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Get 2014 off to a Healthy Start

With the holiday season behind us, it is a good time to refocus our lives and reevaluate our goals. At the beginning of every year one of the top resolutions for many people is to lose weight, get in shape and live healthier lives. Change can be difficult and at times seem nearly impossible, but committing to change is important for the sake of our families, our longevity and for our wallets. Bad habits can contribute to a shorter life expectancy and can needlessly drive up the cost of medical bills and health care for everyone.
 

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