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12 Mar
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DNC Statement on Sunday’s Debate

DNC Statement on Sunday’s Debate

DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa released the following statement regarding Sunday’s debate:

“Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday’s debate at CNN’s studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience.

“In addition, the DNC, CNN and Univision recently learned that Univision anchor and moderator Jorge Ramos was in proximity with someone who was in direct contact with a person that tested positive for coronavirus. Both Mr. Ramos and the person he was in contact with are in good health and symptom free. Despite being cleared by medical professionals and out of an abundance of caution, Jorge has decided to step aside from participating in the upcoming March 15 democratic debate. Univision’s News Anchor Ilia Calderón will moderate the debate in his place.

“Our number one priority has and will continue to be the safety of our staff, campaigns, and all those involved in the debate.”

 

09 Mar
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Health Concerns Update

Friends,

I understand the concern that most Oklahomans have about the coronavirus. It can be difficult to discern the truth with differing messages coming from the White House and the CDC. Therefore, the Oklahoma Democratic Party is relying on healthcare professionals to help guide us through the process of creating safety and contingency plans for our State Convention.

The Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director, and the ODP staff are working with me to chart our next steps. Please know that your health and safety are our #1 priority. We are doing everything possible to be certain that all convention attendees remain safe and well. I will be updating you on our progress within the next 36 hours. As of now, our plans for our State Convention are unchanged. Thank you for trusting your Party leadership on this urgent matter.

Alicia Andrews, Chair Oklahoma Democratic Party

09 Mar
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‘Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights’ Passes House

Communications & Public Affairs
March 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Melissa Provenzano
Phone: (405) 557-7330

‘Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights’ Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to protect student lenders has passed off the floor of Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday with a vote of 89 to 8.

House Bill 2922, authored by State Rep. Melissa Provenzano (D-Tulsa), creates the Oklahoma Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights Act and directs the Attorney General to prepare and publish a document written in layman terms on the rights of student loan borrowers.

“Navigating the financial industry attached to higher education is not easy for anyone, especially 18-year-olds fresh out of high school,” Provenzano said. “The focus of this legislation is to protect Oklahoma students by informing them of their rights in a clear, concise way.”

According to the Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights, no student loan lender shall:

  1. Directly or indirectly employ any scheme, device or artifice to defraud or mislead student loan borrowers.
  2. Engage in any unfair or deceptive practice toward any person or misrepresent or omit any material information in connection with the servicing of a student education loan, including, but not limited to, misrepresenting the amount, nature or terms of any fee or payment due or claimed to be due on a student education loan, the terms and conditions of the loan agreement of the borrower’s obligations under the loan.
  3. Obtain property by fraud or misrepresentation.
  4. Misapply student education loan payments to the outstanding balance of a student education loan.
  5. Provide inaccurate information to a credit bureau, thereby harming a student loan borrower’s creditworthiness.
  6. Fail to report both the favorable and unfavorable payment history of the student loan borrower to a nationally recognized consumer credit bureau at least annually if the student loan servicer regularly reports information to a credit bureau.
  7. Refuse to communicate with an authorized representative of the student loan borrower who provides a written authorization signed by the student loan borrower, provided the student loan servicer may adopt procedures reasonably related to verifying that the representative is in fact authorized to act on behalf of the student loan borrower.
  8. Make any false statement or make any omission of a material fact in connection with any information or reports filed with a governmental agency or in connection with any investigation conducted by the Oklahoma Banking Commissioner or another governmental agency.
  9. Fail to inform borrowers of the federal income repayment options before offering forbearance as an option.

The legislation was passed without title, which means it must be voted on again, however, today’s passage keeps the bill alive past the House of Origin deadline this Thursday at midnight.

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09 Mar
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Bill to Increase Opportunity for Oklahoma’s Workforce Passes House

Communications & Public Affairs
March 9, 2020

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

Bill to Increase Opportunity for Oklahoma’s Workforce Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D-OKC) released the following statement after House Bill 3378, an apprenticeship tax credit bill authored by Dollens, passed the House floor with a bipartisan vote of 72 to 21.

“House Bill 3378 rewards employers that invest in work-based-learning through registered apprenticeship programs,” Dollens said. “The intent is to help bridge the workforce skills gap while offsetting costs associated with program implementation. We know that it usually isn’t aptitude that prevents success after high school but barriers to opportunity. Registered apprenticeship programs represent a way around those barriers and into a career that can support a family. I appreciate the members of the House for passing this legislation, and I look forward to it passing through the Senate.”

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05 Mar
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Bill To Establish ‘Veterans Suicide Awareness Week’ Passes House

Communications & Public Affairs
March 5, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Jacob Rosecrants
(405) 557-7329 jacob.rosecrants@okhouse.gov

Bill To Establish ‘Veterans Suicide Awareness Week’ Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation to bring awareness to the issue of veteran suicide in Oklahoma has unanimously passed the House with a vote of 89 to 0.

House Bill 2891, authored by Rep. Jacob Rosecrants (D-Norman), would establish “Veterans Suicide Awareness Week” in Oklahoma, which would take place the second week of every October. The legislation was prompted by one of Rosecrants’ constituents whose son died by suicide. Damien Eckstein was a US Army veteran of the Iraq War who died Oct. 14, 2013.

“This bill is an effort to bring awareness to this ongoing tragedy,” Rosecrants said. “For many of our veterans, combat doesn’t end when they leave the battlefield. As lawmakers, as Americans, we should be doing anything we can to bring awareness to the problem and then work together to find solutions.”

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