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12 Mar
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Criminal Justice Reform Measure Addressing Recidivism Passes House

Communications & Public Affairs
March 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Cyndi Munson
Phone: (405) 557-7392

Criminal Justice Reform Measure Addressing Recidivism Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation that attempts to improve Oklahoma’s recidivism rate passed on the House floor today with a bipartisan vote of 85 to 6.

House Bill 2134, authored by Rep. Cyndi Munson (D-Oklahoma City), prohibits disqualification from pursuing, practicing or engaging in an occupation for which a license is required based on a prior conviction unless that conviction is directly related to the occupation.

By removing barriers to licensure, this bill reduces Oklahoma’s recidivism rate by helping individuals that have committed non-violent offenses get back into the workforce.

“Oklahomans have been consistent with their call for criminal justice reform,” Munson said. “This bill will help many Oklahomans find purpose and fulfillment through employment. By opening the door to these opportunities, we are providing a path to success for Oklahomans who were previously incarcerated.

“I appreciate this body for their vote today, and I look forward to working with the Senate to get this to the governor’s desk.”

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08 Mar
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DNC on House Passage of For the People Act

DNC on House Passage of For the People Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act:

“No president in modern history has done more to undermine the rule of law and destroy public trust in our institutions than Donald Trump. No political party has done more to disenfranchise voters and reward wealthy special interests at the expense of the middle class than the Republican Party.

“With the passage of H.R. 1, Democrats are following through on our campaign promise to hold Trump accountable and make government work for the people. This bill expands access to the ballot, raises ethical standards in Washington, and restores integrity to our federal government. And that’s exactly why Trump and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell are doing everything they can to prevent it from becoming law. The American people are watching, and they will remember which party is actually fighting for them come Election Day.”

08 Mar
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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

DNC CEO Seema Nanda and DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford released the following joint statement to commemorate International Women’s Day:

“This International Women’s Day, we have so much to celebrate — from the record number of diverse women elected to public office across the United States in 2018 to the women activists fighting for meaningful change in their communities around the world. Brave women across the globe give us countless reasons to be hopeful for the future. While we celebrate today, we also take this time to remind ourselves of how much we have at stake and recommit ourselves to the critical work that lies ahead. Today, and every day, we are proud to be the party that champions women, and we will never stop fighting to empower them at home and abroad. Women are the backbone of our party, and we will continue to stand in solidarity with women around the world marching for the equality they deserve.”

08 Mar
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DNC on February Jobs Report

DNC on February Jobs Report

The U.S. economy added 20,000 jobs in February, far below the 180,000 that economists predicted. After the U.S. Department of Labor released the latest jobs and unemployment numbers, DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“Today’s jobs report is yet another example of how Donald Trump’s recklessness hurts our economy. Hiring has slowed significantly since Trump’s disastrous government shutdown, while companies like General Motors have shuttered plants and laid off workers after receiving major tax breaks. This isn’t leadership; it’s chaos.

“The Republican Party has made it their top priority to reward their wealthy friends at any cost, even when it means hurting America’s middle class and working families. After two years of Trump, the damage to our economy and to future generations is mounting. But Democrats are fighting back. We’re committed to building an economy that works for everyone – an economy with good-paying jobs, decent benefits, health care for all, and the chance to retire with dignity and security. Americans know that the Democratic Party has their backs. We are the party of working people, and we will keep fighting for the brighter future they deserve.”

07 Mar
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Lowe Releases Statement on OU Regent Appointment

Lowe Releases Statement on OU Regent Appointment

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Jason Lowe (D-OKC) released the following statement on Gov. Kevin Stitt’s nomination of Eric Stevenson to the University of Oklahoma board of regents.

“Oklahoma’s black community welcomes the addition of Eric Stevenson to OU’s board of regents,” Lowe said. “Although I think Mr. Stevenson will provide insight and experiences that are unique and needed, I am curious about the decision to nominate someone who does not reside in Oklahoma and has indicated that he has no intention to move from Ohio.

A few weeks ago, the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus sent Governor Stitt a list of black Oklahomans that we felt would have been excellent choices for this position. Obviously, none of those choices was selected. I want to be clear that my concern with Mr. Stevenson has nothing to do with his character or ability and everything to do with his zip code.

I am not voicing my concern in a hope that Governor Stitt will replace him but with the hope that we can end these closed-door, behind-the-scenes hiring practices. The University of Oklahoma is a great educational institution, but I believe that the university is being held back by an unwillingness to be open and honest about decisions regarding personnel.”

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