Representative Daniel Pae

Hi, I’m Daniel Pae and I represent the people of Oklahoma’s 62nd District.


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Mar 23, 2023
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Bill Protecting Renters in Unsafe Housing Conditions Passes

Legislation updating the Landlord Tenant Act to protect renters living in unsafe living conditions was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wednesday. House Bill 2109, authored by Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, protects tenants from retaliatory actions taken by landlords and allows courts to require landlords to make needed repairs for health and safety. "The vast majority of Oklahoma's landlords work hard to keep their rental property in good shape, but unfortunately, tenants whose landlords are not maintaining a healthy, safe living environment have very little protection in our current statute," Pae said. "House Bill 2109 provides tenants with the tools necessary to ensure their housing conditions are restored to a safe baseline." HB2109, which applies to landlords renting more than 10 units, protects tenants from common types of landlord retaliation, including raising rent, threatening eviction, or decreasing services. It also gives courts the authority to require a landlord to make a repair needed to ensure a rental property is safe and habitable when they refuse to make the repair otherwise. The measure passed the House 71-23. It is authored in the Senate by Sen. John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton.

Mar 9, 2023
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House Approves Research Trials on Drug for PTSD

Legislation allowing for a research pilot program examining the potential benefits of psilocybin and psilocin for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans has been approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, filed House Bill 2107 allows universities, institutions of higher education and research facilities in Oklahoma to conduct research on psilocybin and psilocin for the treatment of certain ailments. Pae pointed to research conducted in other states indicating that psilocybin has the potential to relieve the symptoms of depression for up to a year after one or two treatments. Psilocybin is thought to disrupt negative, repetitive depressive thoughts by acting on the part of the brain that produces serotonin, a chemical that regulates mood. "Allowing the outstanding research facilities in our state to conduct trials on psilocybin and psilocin could lead to new information that could save the lives of Oklahoma's veterans," Pae said. "I believe there is a way to use this drug safely and responsibly, and it could save the lives of hundreds or thousands of Oklahomans." HB2107 requires the creation of an oversight board and provides a limited scope for the program, including allowing partnership with only one grower. HB2107 passed the House 66-32 Thursday and now moves to the Senate, where it is authored by Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City. Similar legislation was approved by Senate committee last year but not heard on the Senate floor.

Feb 15, 2023
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Pae to Represent Oklahoma in International Leadership Exchange Program

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, has been selected for the Aspen Institute Germany's Laboratories of Democracy Initiative, a transatlantic exchange program. The Laboratories of Democracy Initiative brings together German and U.S. state legislators to engage with peers and other experts from across the Atlantic and build new transatlantic networks. Participants learn about policies and practices in each other’s countries, conduct site visits to see best practices and innovative solutions on the ground, and explore opportunities for transatlantic collaboration. The 2023 program will focus on structural transformation and the revitalization of post-industrial areas. A total of 16 legislators, eight Americans and eight Germans, are selected for the program annually. "This program presents a fantastic opportunity to discuss innovative strategies with my fellow participants and find potential avenues for collaboration across international and state borders," Pae said. "I'm honored to be selected and I look forward to sharing my viewpoint and experiences and hearing from my American and German colleagues." The program includes several virtual sessions throughout the year, as well as two five-day meetings in Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Participants will also collaborate on a joint publication to recommend multipartisan policies for the state level and for transatlantic cooperation.  Pae serves House District 62 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where he has represented west Lawton since 2018. Prior to his election to the House, he worked in municipal government in Lawton.  In 2020, he was named a co-vice chair of the House State and Federal Redistricting Committee following the decennial U.S. census. In the 59th Legislature, Pae chairs the House Rural Development Committee and is vice chair of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on General Government.