The summer months have come and most children’s thoughts are as far from school as they can get but for the staff and volunteers of Gabriel’s House it is a busy time with their annual art auction just around the corner, early enrollment at three locations and also hiring coordinators for the expanding programs.
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Faith leaders are urging Congress to pass legislation to protect an estimated 690,000 DACA recipients, about 7,000 of them in Oklahoma, after the House on Tuesday passed HR 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.
My last bill of the session was signed by the Governor this week! House Bill 1911 amends qualifications to serve as a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators to allow for a wider pool of talented applicants. I appreciate all my colleagues’ support of this bill throughout the legislative process. This was my eighth bill signed into law this year: four House bills and four Senate bills.
A top House Republican told activists attending a Wednesday rally that Republican leaders have been working on a plan to expand Medicaid for more than a year, a goal that has long been a top agenda item for Democrats.
After last week’s short spring break, the House is speeding up again and has begun the process of hearing Senate bills in committees.
Thursday was what is called the “third-reading deadline.” It is a deadline for all bills to pass out of their legislative chamber of origin in order to stay alive this session.
The second week of session has been incredibly fast-paced, but also extremely productive. Tuesday was Invest in Higher Ed Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Oklahoma State Regents. Groups of current students and many faculty members and college presidents visited the Capitol to promote higher education.