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04 Mar
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Blancett Passes Bill to Help Teachers In Low-Income School Districts Get Free Classroom Supplies

Communications & Public Affairs
March 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Meloyde Blancett
Office: (405) 557-7334

Blancett Passes Bill to Help Teachers In Low-Income School Districts Get Free Classroom Supplies

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill that helps nonprofits whose purpose is to provide teachers with school supplies for their students in districts with substantial poverty passed the House today with a majority vote.

House Bill 3318, authored by Rep. Meloyde Blancett (D-Tulsa), establishes a sales tax exemption for 501c(3) nonprofits that give free school supplies to teachers of K-12 students that reside in a public school district with mostly low-income families.

Statistics from the National Education Association indicate that Oklahoma teachers – whether from a majority-impoverished district or not – spend on average $459 of their own personal money to buy classroom supplies for their students each school year, including such basic supplies as pencils, pens, notebooks, etc.

The legislation was amended to allow qualifying nonprofits to also provide free supplies to teachers from charter schools that have at least a 60-percent student population at or below the federal poverty level.

“School supplies shouldn’t be a barrier to education in Oklahoma and frankly, our teachers shouldn’t be footing the bill for student and classroom supplies from their own personal pockets,” Blancett said. “If we can get this bill to the governor’s desk, we can help more students and take the burden of supplies off of more teachers”

HB3318 is now eligible to be heard in the Senate.

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03 Mar
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Dollens Releases Statement after Ida’s Law Passes

Communications & Public Affairs
March 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Mickey Dollens
Phone: (405) 557-7371

Dollens Releases Statement after Ida’s Law Passes

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D-OKC) released the following statement after Ida’s Law (House Bill 3345) passed off the House Floor with a vote of 92 to 4.

“The passage of Ida’s Law on the House Floor today represents hours of tireless work from tribal members across the state fighting for this needed legislation,” Rep. Mickey Dollens said. “Advocates like First Lady of the Cherokee Nation January Hoskin were instrumental in getting the House to act on this bill, which will finally turn the state’s attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous people. I appreciate the opportunity to work with these champions of justice and look forward to continuing to work with them in any way I can.”

27 Feb
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Democratic Scam Alert

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2412

Democratic Scam Alert

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is warning the public about a dangerous phone scam targeting Democrats:

The ODP has been made aware of perpetrators posing as representatives from the Oklahoma Democratic Party calling registered Democrats, asking for contributions, and getting credit card information from unsuspecting donors. The Oklahoma Democratic Party has notified the Oklahoma Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission, and the FBI concerning these suspicious calls.

The ODP does not call donors requiring their credit card information over the phone when fundraising. If you should receive a phone solicitation from someone impersonating the Oklahoma Democratic Party and asking for your credit card information, please report these suspicious calls to the Oklahoma Democratic Party immediately at 405-427-3366. The ODP asks that you make note of the phone number and pertinent information about the call so that we can inform the authorities.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

26 Feb
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Democratic Legislators to help USAO celebrate a century of OK women’s right to vote

Communications & Public Affairs
February 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 [email protected]

Democratic Legislators to help USAO celebrate a century of OK women’s right to vote

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three Democratic legislators are scheduled to join a panel of area female political leaders during the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s “Votes for Women in the 21st Century: An Insider Perspective” event Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the USAO Ballroom.

February 28 is the 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma State Legislature passing legislation recognizing the right to vote for women in Oklahoma.

State Sen. Carri Hicks (D-OKC), Rep. Cyndi Munson (D-OKC), and House Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) will join the panel to share their experience of being a woman in the 21st Century political landscape. They will be joined by Oklahoma City Councilwoman Nikki Nice and Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn.

State Sen. Carri Hicks represents District 40 and is co-chair of the Legislative Diabetes Caucus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and political science, a master’s in leadership management and a master’s in early childhood education.

“It’s important that we have more women in political office. It’s a challenge, but it isn’t insurmountable,” Hicks said. “My fellow panelists and I are proof that voters are willing to elect qualified women candidates, but we need to recruit and help elect more women to office,” Hicks said. “This forum at USAO takes place on the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma’s passage of the 19th Amendment. I think the persistence of suffragists, beginning in Oklahoma’s territorial era and culminating with the February 28, 1920 ratification, is inspirational and proof of our power and abilities in the political arena. I believe we embody that persistence, power and ability to this day.”

State Rep. Cyndi Munson represents House District 85 and serves as the House Democratic Caucus Chair. She became the first Asian-American woman elected to the state Legislature in 2015. A first-generation college student, Munson earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s in leadership education from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

“Finding your voice as a woman is one of the hardest things to do in politics,” Munson said. “I can’t wait to share the stage with some of the strongest leaders in our government and hear how they found their voice.”

House Minority Leader Emily Virgin represents the state’s 44th District, which is home to the University of Oklahoma. As minority leader, Virgin has focused on pushing the legislature to be more inclusive of voices that have continually been left out of the process. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2013.

“Women are severely underrepresented in our state government,” Virgin said. “I look forward to spending an evening talking with these other female leaders of our state and sharing ways we have navigated a field that has been male-dominated for far too long.”

After the panel, NPR correspondent Mara Liasson will give the event’s keynote address. For more information, visit usao.edu/votesforwomen.

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25 Feb
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Dollens Releases Statement After MMIP Bill Passes Judiciary Committee

Communications & Public Affairs
February 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Mickey Dollens
(405)557-7371 [email protected]

Dollens Releases Statement After MMIP Bill Passes Judiciary Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D-OKC) released the following statement after Ida’s law (House Bill 3345) passed through the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with a vote of 14 to 0.

“Working closely with tribal members for the past year on legislation to address Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) in Oklahoma has been a transformative experience. The heartache and suffering that this community has gone through is brutal, and it is real. I am proud to see Ida’s Law pass through committee today, and I want to commend each of the fierce Native American advocates, especially LaRenda Morgan with the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes and Ashley Nicole McCray Absentee Shawnee for bringing this issue to my attention and now to the attention of our state. I commend each of them, and I thank all tribal members for including me on this journey.”

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