Representative John Talley

Hi, I'm John Talley and I represent the people of Oklahoma's 33rd District.


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May 28, 2024
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House Approves $80M for OSU Life Science Facility Expansion

Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved legislation to allocate $80 million from the Legacy Capital Financing Fund to construct, refurbish and expand life science facilities at Oklahoma State University. Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, presented House Bill 2893 on the House floor. The bill aims to construct a new state-of-the-art life sciences building to serve as a dedicated classroom home facility for all undergraduate science students. Additionally, it seeks to support the strategic expansion of STEM graduates, enhance the recruitment of top researchers, and bolster the state's STEM-focused industry. "This is a significant win for OSU and represents a major step forward in the university's statewide impact," Talley said. "The state-of-the-art facilities will not only enhance access to STEM education but also address the pressing need for skilled professionals in Oklahoma's workforce." OSU's current life sciences buildings, constructed between 1938 and 1960, do not reflect the numerous scientific advances since that time. The new 220,000-square-foot Life and Physical Science facility will cater to over 90,000 OSU undergraduate and graduate students over the next 20 years. The funding will address healthcare practitioner shortages across multiple professions: physicians, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental, veterinary medicine and other critical areas.   Talley said HB2893 will bolster OSU's position as a leading national research institution, promoting collaboration and innovation through resource sharing across academic disciplines. HB2893 covers fifty percent of the required funding, while OSU has committed to securing the remaining $80 million through private donations. It passed the House 83 – 9 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Apr 24, 2024
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Talley Named 2024 Outstanding Elected Official by Health Department

During the 2024 Oklahoma Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Awards at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, was named the 2024 Outstanding Elected Official by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). "I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Oklahoma Department of Health," Talley said. "Protecting our children and supporting vulnerable families has been a cornerstone of my work as an elected official. I am committed to continuing my mission to ensure every child in Oklahoma grows up in a safe and nurturing environment." Talley, who serves as chair of the House Children, Youth and Family Services Committee, is the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for North Central Oklahoma. He has also worked as an ordained minister since 1978. Every year, the 2024 Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Awards recognize outstanding efforts of organizations, individuals, groups, activities or events that promote safe, stable and nurturing environments and relationships for Oklahoma’s children.

Mar 14, 2024
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Ballot Proposal Would Allow Former Teachers to Reenter Classroom After Leaving Legislature

Oklahomans could soon see a ballot question that, if approved, would allow former teachers to return to the classroom after leaving political office. Currently, the Oklahoma Constitution prohibits a former legislator from holding a state-paid job for two years after leaving public office. House Joint Resolution 1002, authored by Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to exempt legislators who are returning to teach. "While this provision in the Oklahoma Constitution is well-intentioned to prevent government corruption, it also means that former teachers who served in the Legislature have to sit by for two years before they can teach again, even though Oklahoma is facing a teacher shortage," Talley said. "There's unique perspectives and experiences that come with serving as a legislator that these teachers could share with students who are our future leaders. I'm glad for the broad support of this bill and I hope to see this passed quickly so Oklahomans can make their opinion known." HJR1002 passed the House 72-11 and is authored in the Senate by Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City. If passed by the Senate, it would be sent to the Secretary of State to be placed on a statewide ballot.