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18 Feb
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Legislation to Assist Property Owners and Tenants Passes A&B

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. José Cruz
(405)557-7397 jose.cruz@okhouse.gov

Legislation to Assist Property Owners and Tenants Passes A&B

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to help address Oklahoma’s looming eviction crisis unanimously passed the House Appropriation & Budget Committee on Thursday with a vote of 23-0.

House Bill 1950, authored by Rep. José Cruz, D-OKC, provides landlords with a 100% tax credit for rental loss. The credit has a cap of $1,250 per taxpayer per year. It is retroactive for 2020 but would need to be renewed by the Legislature beyond 2022. Additionally, the property owner must show that the missed revenue claimed did not result in the eviction of a tenant.

“The pandemic has added financial burdens to landlords whose tenants have lost income,” Cruz said. “This credit doesn’t fix the problem, but it does provide some relief to property owners in a way that is also beneficial to the tenant.”

To ensure the credit doesn’t grow unmanageable, there is a 4,000 claimant cap on the legislation.

“This tax credit is a small thank you for looking out for Oklahoma families,” Cruz said. “Landlords have received the least assistance and many are average Oklahomans trying to make ends meet. This won’t make them whole, but it does offer some assistance.”

Cruz’s office can be reached at (405)557-7397 or jose.cruz@okhouse.gov.

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16 Feb
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Oklahoma Democratic Party Pleased with New ACA Open Enrollment Window

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

Oklahoma Democratic Party Pleased with New ACA Open Enrollment Window

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, FEBRUARY 16, 2021 – Democrats believe that easy access to affordable health care is a human right, especially during a global pandemic.

“President Biden is keeping his campaign promise to ensure more Americans have access to quality health care. As part of the President’s 100 days agenda, Biden has initiated a special health care open enrollment period now through May 15, 2021,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews.

“People are scared. Having access to health care is one less concern parents and families must face during this unprecedented crisis. The Oklahoma Democratic Party is pleased to support reopening the enrollment period so that more citizens can sign up and stay healthy during the COVID outbreak. Please visit Healthcare.gov to signup, update your plan and learn more about the enrollment period,” Andrews continued.

“This is how a leader puts people first, looking out for the health and safety of the citizens sworn to protect. Democrats will continue to focus on making health care available to all Americans regardless of the reckless attempts by Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” concluded Andrews.

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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.

10 Feb
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Minority Leader Backs Speaker’s Push for CARES Oversight

Communications & Public Affairs
Feb. 10, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wes Carter, Press Secretary
Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus
(405)962-7674 wes.carter@okhouse.gov

Minority Leader Backs Speaker’s Push for CARES Oversight

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement today in support of House Speaker Charles McCall’s push for the Legislature to have more oversight regarding how CARES Act funds are spent.

“I fully support Speaker McCall’s position that the Legislature should have a say in how CARES Act funds are being distributed, especially money that is used for long-term projects,” said House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman. “Setting aside the LOFT report that has already shown several examples of undocumented, questionable spending from the executive branch, the Legislature is the branch of government closest to the people and should absolutely be involved in how these dollars are spent with ample input from the public.”

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09 Feb
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Oklahoma Democrats Denounce Stitt’s Rushed Manage Care Plan for Medicaid

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

Oklahoma Democrats Denounce Stitt’s Rushed Manage Care Plan for Medicaid

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, FEBRUARY 9, 2021 – Stitt’s rush to use managed care for Oklahoma’s Medicaid program without lawmakers’ input is concerning should be of concern to all Oklahomans.

“Making major changes to our state’s healthcare system during a pandemic without consulting our legislators and health experts is reckless,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews.

“Oklahomans elected our legislators to be a collaborative part of the process, and Stitt is circumventing their job. This is just another example of his mismanagement of the duties of a governor,” Andrews continued.

“The Oklahoma State Medical Association filed to stop Stitt’s managed care plan, and the Oklahoma Dental Association has come out against any type of privately managed Medicaid.

“Health groups and experts remind us that our attempts in the past to privately manage Medicaid has been a failure and will be unnecessarily costly to Oklahomans. Even worse, fewer people will likely be able to stay on the program. Oklahomans deserve to make sure that any decisions made to Medicaid involve lawmakers with substantial input from our healthcare community,” she said.

“Rushing to switch our Medicaid program to out-of-state private managed care during a pandemic crisis has disaster written all over it. Oklahomans will be the ones to suffer the consequences from this ill-conceived plan where profit takes priority over the people Stitt swore an oath to protect. This is not how we become a top ten state, Governor,” concluded Andrews.

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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.

09 Feb
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More GOP Voter Suppression Schemes

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
angela@okdemocrats.org

More GOP Voter Suppression Schemes

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, FEBRUARY 9, 2021 – Voting rights are under attack. Republican lawmakers are once again targeting marginalized groups and the poor as more bills are filed to suppress voters’ rights.

“It seems every year at least one lawmaker introduces a bill trying to restrict voters’ ability to practice their constitutional rights. This session is no exception after a hotly contested election year while Republicans promulgated The Big Lie of ‘widespread voter fraud’ to overturn an election,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews.

“More and more desperate schemes to keep minorities and low economic communities from voting continue to pop up around the country, including right here in Oklahoma,” Andrews continued.

“Zealous groups of GOP lawmakers want to wipe out registered voters and require people to reregister. They want to remove the Electoral College delegate vote from the people to Legislators and return to hand-counting, believing the falsehood that machines are defective with no proof to back up such claims.

“Democrats are not sitting by silently to these egregious acts of suppression. Oklahoma Democratic Legislators are working hard to make voting easier and more accessible with bills that would automatically register voters when they turn 18 or get their drivers license or ID, modifying notary requirements for mail-in ballots, and create a website for online voter registration,” she said.

“Oklahoma voters suffer when ease and accessibility to voting are restricted or removed, especially in communities of color and poor areas where getting to a polling location is challenging, or the mail-in ballot process is bogged down with bureaucracy. Republicans are fearful when Democrats turn out and will go to extreme lengths to push voting rights in their favor. This is un-American, un-democratic, and flat out disgraceful,” concluded Andrew.

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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.

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