Representative Tammy Townley

Hi, I’m Tammy Townley and I represent the people of Oklahoma’s 48th District.


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Oct 26, 2023
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Committee Hears Study on Economic Impact of State Parks

A study on the economic impact of Oklahoma State Parks have on their communities met Monday before the Oklahoma House Appropriations & Budget Natural Resources Subcommittee. The study was organized by Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore. Townley opened the meeting by expressing her gratitude for everyone participating in the study. "I hope this study will bring awareness to the fact that we need improvements in capital infrastructure. It is all of our desire to see want to see Oklahoma growing and thriving," Townley said. "Oklahoma State Parks are a vital part of our state and have the potential to create more growth." Townley reminded attendees that the tourism industry is the state's third largest economic driver and should be invested in regularly. Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt told the committee that state parks welcomed 11.5 million people in 2021, generating $15.5 million in state taxes and $9.3 million in local taxes. Additionally, she mentioned that visitors spent $354.3 million in local communities during their stays. Zumwalt asked the members to consider what the goal of state parks are in their communities. "I would argue that probably in the beginning it was recreation and conservation, but at this point we need to look at it as a source of economic activity because it absolutely is," she said. Zumwalt said deferred maintenance has resulted in the closing of one state park during her one-year tenure and that right now other parks are facing issues that are currently preventable, including deteriorating roads, gas lines that need to be replaced, and rotting buildings and infrastructure. "Right now the funding doesn’t match the need," Zumwalt said. "The growing list of unresolved issues has reached an emergency state." Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Director of State Parks Sterling Zearley said Oklahoma state parks have approximately $350 million capital needs statewide and only continues to grow. "We need the Legislature's help to make sure we can fund these state parks appropriately not just now, but 10, 15, 20 years down the road when my grandson's old enough to start going out to them," Zearley said. He pointed to the Roman Nose Group Camp, which was originally built in the 1960s and has not been updated since, but the surrounding area cannot afford to lose the $7.8 million spent by park visitors in the community. Zearley said immediate funding of $50 million will allow the department to address critical maintenance needs over the next year, but a total of $350 million is critical to the continued operation of state parks; otherwise, numerous parks are at risk of closure due to unsafe infrastructure.

Mar 8, 2023
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House Approves Bills Exempting Certain Patients from Step Therapy

Two bills related to step therapy passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week. House Bill 2748, authored by Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, prohibits step therapy requirements for certain prescription drugs to treat advanced metastatic cancer and associated conditions. Miller, who worked with the Susan G. Komen organization on the legislation, emphasized that people with stage-four cancer do not have the time to go through a "fail first" method rather than trying the drug originally prescribed by their doctor. It's estimated that 168,000 people in the United States are currently living with metastatic breast cancer. "I know how vital timely, effective treatment is, especially for patients with stage-four cancer, and 'fail first' policies waste precious time when patients don't have any time to spare," said Miller, a breast cancer survivor. "If a doctor prescribes this and says it’s the best medication for their patient, insurance companies should not be allowed to overrule their medical advice." HB2748 passed the House 96-0 Tuesday and is now eligible to be heard in the Senate, where it's authored by Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-Midwest City. On Wednesday, the House approved another bill related to step therapy: House Bill 1736 by Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore, HB1736 requires health benefit plans to implement a clear process for a participant or beneficiary with chronic respiratory failure consequent to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CRF-COPD) to request an exception to step therapy protocol in order to receive the requested treatment. The bill outlines several situations where an exemption may be requested: Other treatments required under protocol are ineffective; Delaying effective treatment would cause severe consequences; Other treatments are likely to cause harm; Other treatments will prevent a participant from maintaining necessary functional abilities; or The patient’s disease is life threatening. "Step therapy delays powerful, necessary treatments patients need by requiring them to take alternative medications before they can begin the plan their doctor prescribed," Townley said. "We want patients to get the right care immediately rather than be delayed by red tape." Under HB1736, the health benefit plan must publish requirements and information for requesting an exception to a treatment step therapy protocol to its website. The insurer must respond to exception requests within 72 hours, and all expedited determinations of exception within one business day. HB1736 passed the House 94-0 and may now be considered in the Senate, where it is also carried by Stanley.