Representative John Talley

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


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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.

Oct 6, 2023
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Talley, Floyd Examine Ineffectiveness of Corporal Punishment on Students with Disabilities

A bipartisan interim study held Thursday before the Oklahoma House Common Education Committee examined the ineffectiveness and negative consequences of the use of corporal punishment on public school students with disabilities. The study was organized by Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, and Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City. "The use of corporal punishment against students who may not be able to control their actions or may not understand why they're being punished can lead to emotional distress and subject them to a hostile learning environment," Talley said. "Students with disabilities require additional support and resources, not physical punishment, in order to thrive socially and academically. I'm grateful for all the speakers who shared their experience and to my legislative colleagues who took the time to ask thoughtful questions, and I look forward to continuing to work on this issue." Dr. Andrea Kunkel, general counsel for Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and executive director for Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS), explained to the committee the different categories of disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Law. Kunkel told attendees the process for identifying a child as qualifying under the IDEA categories is in-depth. She emphasized that qualification is based on "I cannot" versus "I don't want to" when a child does not meet expectations. University of Central Oklahoma Professor Dr. Scott Singleton shared data on the long-term mental effects of using physical punishment, pointing out the importance of looking at a consensus of research rather than focusing on a single study. Singleton stressed the value in teaching children a skill, such as emotion regulation and behavioral expectations, so children know how to handle a similar situation in the future. He said that the overall consensus of research strongly supports that corporal punishment does not teach appropriate behavior. "If we look at the long-term, we find that corporal punishment is often ineffective at reducing the targeted behavior,” Singleton said, later adding, "When it comes to pain-based punishment, people do not necessarily stop the behavior, but they learn to avoid the stimulus that caused the behavior." Dr. Gary Duhon, a professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University, provided evidence-based alternatives for behavior reduction interventions for students with disabilities. He shared that alternative procedures are more effective than corporal punishment because they don't result in avoidance of the situation or punisher and don't lead to further aggression. Instead, these methods build appropriate skills that help students learn. Retired Woodward Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kyle Reynolds provided input from an administrator's perspective. He told the committee how they used alternative procedures to corporal punishment to address behavioral problems and the positive results of the policy change for the school environment and students. Jessica Gilliam, the mother of a student with disabilities, described the distress her son experienced after he was disciplined with corporal punishment by a principal at an Oklahoma public elementary school. "If you cannot stand for a child, then what can you stand for?" Gilliam asked legislators at the close of her comments. "I’m appreciative of the Oklahoma experts who presented clear data showing us what parents from across the state already know – that using corporal punishment on children with disabilities can cause long-term and lasting damage,” Floyd said. “If we are truly committed to helping every child reach their greatest potential, we need to utilize alternative methods for achieving appropriate behaviors that work both in the short-term as well as the long-term." Talley and Floyd authored House Bill 1028, which passed the House 84-8 in March. In its current form, the bill prohibits the use of corporal punishment only on students identified with the most significant cognitive disabilities, who account for less than 10% of students with disabilities in Oklahoma's public schools. HB1028 remains alive for consideration in the Senate next session, which begins February 6, 2024.