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Jul 15, 2024
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Hilbert Comments on Selection of Paxton as Senate Leader

Oklahoma House Speaker-Designate Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, today commented on the selection of Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, by the Senate Majority Caucus to serve as President Pro Tempore-Designate for the 60th Legislature. “I want to congratulate my friend Sen. Lonnie Paxton on the selection by his colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore-Designate. I appreciate his willingness to step up and look forward to working with him and Governor Stitt to continue Oklahoma’s conservative momentum.”

Jul 14, 2024
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Speaker McCall Comments on Trump Assassination Attempt

OKLAHOMA CITY – Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, issued the following statement after the failed attempted assassination of President Donald Trump at a political rally in Pennsylvania yesterday: "Both I, and my family, are praying for President Donald Trump, his family and those who were in attendance after the failed assassination attempt at his Pennsylvania rally yesterday. Political differences are never a justification for violence. My heart goes out to the family of the individual who lost his life at the rally and those others who were injured. We must continue to pray for our Nation, and find a path forward together. May God continue to bless America." -END- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Seitz, House Leadership Communications Liaison Phone: (405) 962-7649 Email: 

Jul 11, 2024
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Governor Signs Bill to Prepare Schools for Cardiac Emergencies

 Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday ceremonially signed a bill to ensure Oklahoma's schools are well-prepared for cardiac emergencies.  Rep. Bob Ed Culver, R-Tahlequah, is the House author of Senate Bill 1921, which requires all public schools statewide to formulate a sudden cardiac emergency response plan. "Safety for students and staff is a top concern in Oklahoma schools, and Senate Bill 1921 reinforces this commitment," Culver said. "Through statewide cardiac emergency plans, schools have the tools and training needed to save lives. As a result, every school can respond quickly and effectively during cardiac emergencies, giving everyone peace of mind." Under the legislation, the State Department of Health requires school nurses, athletic trainers, and athletic coaches to complete annual training focused on emergency cardiovascular care. SB 1921 has support from various national sports organizations, the American Heart Association, and many families and individuals who have experienced cardiac emergencies. According to the American Heart Association, about 23,000 children under 18 experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. About 40% of these events are sports-related. CPR, if performed immediately, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. In schools with automated external defibrillators, about 70% of children survive cardiac arrest – seven times the overall survival rate for children. Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, is the Senate author of the bill. "Today's ceremonial bill signing serves as yet another reminder of the critical nature of cardiac emergencies and the need for school staff to receive training so they can recognize the signs of cardiac arrest and respond with immediate and proper care," Rosino said. "I'm incredibly appreciative of everyone who has supported this critical legislation throughout the process and the individuals and organizations who promoted the implementation of cardiac emergency response plans in Oklahoma schools." The legislation took effect July 1. SB 1921 was formally signed into law in June. The governor frequently holds ceremonial bill signings to allow people outside the Legislature involved in the bill's drafting to participate in the process.