Representative Cynthia Roe

Hi, I'm Cynthia Roe and I represent the people of Oklahoma's 42nd District.


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May 24, 2024
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Roe Encourages Support of Bill to Limit Underage Tobacco Purchases

Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, today urged Oklahomans to express their support of a bill to curb youth use of tobacco products. House Bill 3331 would increase the fines for selling any tobacco product, nicotine product or vapor product to someone under 21. Current law only fines the clerk, whereas HB3331 would fine the business owner as well. Roe, who has been a registered nurse for 41 years and a nurse practitioner for 24 years, said this change is necessary given the sharp increase in recent years in teenage tobacco use. The use of these products, including vaping, is linked to numerous health issues. According to the most recently available data from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), 21.7% of Oklahoma youth reported they had used a vaping product in the last 30 days. The national rate is about 10%. In that same survey, 8.5% of Oklahoma youth used vapes at least 20 out of the last 30 days. "By making it harder for children to access these products that are already illegal for them to purchase, we can save them from a lifetime of health concerns," Roe said. "Fines and fees are nothing compared to the tens of thousands of dollars an Oklahoman may spend throughout their life on health issues that arose because of tobacco use that started as a teenager." Roe said, given that around 90% of current tobacco users started before age 18, preventing youth from starting vape or tobacco use is key. She urged Oklahomans to reach out to their state legislators to encourage their support of HB3331. "With our deadline to adjourn sine die quickly approaching, we need to take action now to curb the tobacco epidemic among our youth," Roe said. "We cannot afford to wait any longer to take substantive action. Every day that we delay House Bill 3331, we risk more of Oklahoma's children becoming shackled to a lifelong tobacco addiction." HB3331, which was amended in the conference committee process, is now eligible to be considered again on the House floor. The measure would need final approval from both chambers before moving to the governor's desk. The Legislature's deadline to adjourn sine die is Friday, May 31.

Oct 11, 2023
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STATEMENT: Roe Praises Law Enforcement for Work on Manhunt

Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, today released the following statement praising local, state and federal law enforcement for their work in finding the suspect wanted for shooting Cleveland County Deputy Sean Steadman and a bystander. The suspect, identified by police as Kameron Jenkins, was found dead Tuesday after a nearly weeklong manhunt.  "I'd like to add my thanks and praise to the many that have already been expressed," Roe said. "I am so grateful for the swift actions of all law enforcement agencies who worked to identify the suspect and then participated in a massive manhunt. Their actions no doubt kept others from being killed or wounded. Their commitment to protecting Oklahomans and maintaining public safety is deeply appreciated, and their hard work and dedication is a standard to which we should all hold ourselves. "I also want to thank local residents for their patience over the past week and their willingness to assist however they could, whether that was calling in tips or allowing law enforcement to use their property as a command post. Watching my neighbors come together was truly gratifying."

Mar 14, 2023
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Roe Passes Underage Anti-Tobacco, Vaping Bill

Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay, has secured passage of legislation addressing tobacco and vape usage in people under 21. In 2022, the Legislature approved legislation eliminating municipal enforcement and ordinances related to underage tobacco use and possession. After working with the Oklahoma Municipal League, Roe filed House Bill 2165 to returns authority to municipalities to enact and enforce ordinances related to tobacco and vape products. Oklahoma's current age minimum to purchase tobacco is 21, and if HB2165 becomes law, anyone under 21 who purchases or attempts to purchase tobacco must complete a tobacco education program approved by the court. Violators would be required to complete an education or tobacco use cessation program or community service as ordered by the court. "The use of tobacco, nicotine and vapor products in our young people is a serious epidemic, and many of Oklahoma's underage users are not considering the long-term health risks associated with ingesting these products," Roe said. "It's my hope that this measure will help educate our young people about the dangers of these products and ultimately save lives." Roe said her measure has a companion bill in the Senate, Senate Bill 462, which would require all municipal judges to go through a mandatory certification program that will address issues like dealing with underage tobacco and vaping use. Following a 71-16 vote in the House, HB2165 heads to the Senate.