Representative Mark McBride

Hi, I'm Mark McBride and I represent the people of Oklahoma's 53rd District.



Assistant Majority Floor Leader

59th Legislature

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Mar 14, 2024
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Representatives Issue Joint Statement After Death of Nex Benedict

OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of Oklahoma House representatives today released a statement about the death of Nex Benedict. The Owasso High School student's death was ruled an overdose according to the state medical examiner. Benedict died one day after being injured in an altercation inside an Owasso High School bathroom. "The tragic suicide of Nex Benedict is a harsh reminder of the power that words have. As public officials and policy makers, we have a sacred obligation to ensure that as we do the work of the people, we do so with respect and dignity. Every human life is precious and created in the image of God regardless of who they are or who they love. We call on all Oklahomans to join us in our commitment to being respectful and deliberate in our language." The statement is issued by Reps. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan; Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City; Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa; Mike Osburn, R-Edmond; Mark McBride, R-Moore; Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City; Mark Vancuren, R-Owasso; Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks. The lawmakers reminded the public that anyone feeling suicidal or experiencing thoughts of suicide should contact 988 or 911 immediately. LGBTQ youth also can call (866) 488-7386 or text "START" to 678-678 to reach the Trevor Project." 

Mar 13, 2024
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McBride Passes Bill to Fund Higher Ed Deferred Maintenance Projects

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Mark McBride on Tuesday passed legislation in the House that would apportion funding to address deferred maintenance needs at state colleges and universities. House Bill 4013 would apportion $140 million annually for five years beginning in fiscal year 2025, to replace aging infrastructure within state higher education institutions. "I've traveled to almost every school in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education and found needs stretching from replacement of boilers and AC units, to roofs, to schools that have good bones but maybe they need to remodel some of their interiors so students have a better learning environment," McBride said.  He stressed the funds are not for new buildings or facilities, but to take care of the maintenance on what currently exists within the state's higher education system. He likened the five-year plan to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's successful eight-year plan for maintaining state highways and bridges. House Bill 4013 would create the Higher Education Capital Financing Fund and also establish the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Capital Needs Evaluation Committee. The committee would oversee how money is spent and evaluate and report on infrastructure and construction needs, project priorities, cost estimates, completion timelines, and the status of funded projects. Appointees to the committee would come from the governor, House and Senate leadership as well as from the Boards of Regents for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, the Regional University System of Oklahoma, and from two-year non-system-affiliated public colleges. McBride said he's told the regents that going forward when they accept money for new buildings or projects, they need to set aside at least 5% for future maintenance needs just as a good management practice. But he also pointed to past Legislatures that cut funding to higher education, leaving the system lagging in the area of addressing maintenance needs. The system is currently still below funding levels in 2010, he said. 

Mar 8, 2024
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McBride Passes Teacher Signing Bonus Fix

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, this week passed a bill in the Oklahoma House of Representatives that he said would fix the State Department of Education's flawed signing bonus for teachers returning to Oklahoma public school classrooms. House Bill 4017 directs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to establish a $7,000 annual signing bonus program for teachers who return to teaching in state public schools beginning with the 2024-25 school year and who agree to serve for five years. The signing bonus shall be paid in five equal annual installments not to exceed $35,000 per participant. "The State Department of Education did wonderful work in recruiting more than 500 teachers to return to Oklahoma public school classrooms," McBride said. "But this legislation puts some safeguards in place to address some issues with the way the former bonus was crafted. This will protect these teachers going forward so they can still be rewarded for choosing to help our kids but without the fear that their bonus could be clawed back." McBride said the legislation was needed after reports surfaced earlier this year of teachers being asked to repay up to $50,000 in new teacher signing bonuses after the State Department of Education acknowledged the teachers were not eligible to receive the award in the first place. McBride, who chairs the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Education, said he worked with Rep. Rhonda Baker, chair of the House Common Education Committee to develop the legislation. HB4017 would require participating teachers to have at least three years of prior teaching experience and a valid or expired teaching certificate but they cannot have been employed by an Oklahoma public school in the past five years. They also must agree to teach fulltime for a minimum of five years and meet additional requirements set by the board. Verification of eligibility is required each year. The bonus does not count towards salary calculations or retirement benefits. The legislation directs the payment to be made to the teacher by Sept. 1 each year. HB4017 passed the House on a vote of 79-16. It moves the Senate where it is authored by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, who chairs the Senate Education Committee.