Communications & Public Affairs
Sept. 1, 2021

Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus

Minority Leader Issues Statement on SB658 Injunction

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement in response to Oklahoma County District Judge Natalie Mai placing an injunction on Senate Bill 658.

“As districts across the state are showing, local school boards are better equipped to protect students than Governor Stitt and the Oklahoma Legislature. This injunction reinforces each district’s power to keep students and faculty safe.

“School districts have the right to implement policies to protect children without fear of reprisal from Oklahoma Republicans.

“Senate Bill 658 was unnecessary and has cost taxpayers through litigation expenses, but more importantly, it has caused our school districts to hesitate in the face of a deadly pandemic. I appreciate Judge Mai’s commonsense injunction.”