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Wed
07
May
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In Death Penalty Debate, Remember the Victims

(Warning: this column contains descriptions of a violent crime and is unsuitable for children) Last week, the state of Oklahoma conducted the lawful execution of Clayton Lockett, a man who was convicted of first degree burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, robbery by force and fear, forcible oral sodomy, rape and first degree murder 
 
Wed
23
Apr
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Senate approves changes to Reading Sufficiency Act

The Senate has given its approval to a measure modifying Oklahoma’s Reading Sufficiency Act. Those changes are contained in House Bill 2625, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa. The measure was approved 43 to1 by the full Senate on Wednesday.
 
Wed
09
Apr
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Spring Safety: Getting Ready for Tornado Season

Spring is here, and we  can all be thankful for the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Oklahoma weather. Unfortunately, the changingweather patterns also mean something else: the beginning
of tornado season. 
 
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.
 

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