Representative John Talley

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


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Sep 14, 2023
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Interim Study Examining Corporal Punishment on Disabled Students Scheduled

An interim study to examine evidence-based behavior interventions for students with disabilities enrolled in public schools will be held Thurs., Oct. 5. The bipartisan study, requested by Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, and held in coordination with Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, will study the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and effects of using corporal punishment on a student with a disability. "I'm glad we have another opportunity to continue conversations about how we as a state can ensure children with disabilities can learn and grow in our public schools without suffering the adverse effects that physical punishment may bring," Talley said. Speakers include Andrea Kunkel, general counsel for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and executive director of Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS), who will share details on the IDEA policy; Dr. Scott Singleton, professor of psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma, who will speak to the consequences of using physical punishment on students with disabilities; and Dr. Gary Duhon, professor of school psychology at Oklahoma State University, who will share evidence-based behavioral reduction interventions for students with disabilities. Talley said the agenda will also include a public school parent sharing the mental toll of physical punishment on their child with disabilities while at school, as well as Dr. Kyle Reynolds, retired Woodward Public Schools superintendent, who will provide a superintendent's perspective. "It must be our goal to ensure our public school policies help each child achieve their greatest potential, but numerous studies show using corporal punishment on students with disabilities can cause tremendous and lasting harm,” Floyd said. “We’ll learn more about that in this study, and hear from Oklahoma experts about how schools can better respond when behavioral issues arise, without resorting to physical punishment.” Talley and Floyd authored House Bill 1028, which passed the House 84-8 in March and remains alive for consideration in the Senate next session. 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. The interim study is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. in Room 206 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The study is open to the public and may also be live-streamed on the House website.

May 25, 2023
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STATEMENT: Talley Comments on New Oil Refinery in Cushing

Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, today commented on the news that Southern Rock Energy Partners (SREP) has selected Cushing as the site for a $5.6 billion refinery in Cushing. "The creation of this refinery is a generational gamechanger for Cushing and the surrounding north central Oklahoma community. The economic impact of Southern Rock Energy Partner's new refinery is the most significant development in Cushing's recent history, and I look forward to seeing the future of SREP in Oklahoma. For the past two years, I've worked with the leaders at the Cushing Economic Development Foundation and the City of Cushing to secure this investment, and I want to thank them for their diligent work and support as we deliver for our community." The 250,000 b/d crude refinery will process domestically produced light, sweet shale (WTL and WTC) and light, sweet crudes (WTI) into low carbon transportation fuels by utilizing advanced technologies with a zero-carbon footprint. The refinery project will generate and consume hydrogen as a fuel source, capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions, generate and consume electricity from waste heat, geothermal, and renewable assets, produce water from waste vapor streams, and recycle and repurpose wastewater. As a result, 95% of greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced or eliminated, water production and consumption will be reduced by 90% with 80% being recycled and repurposed, 100% renewable electricity will be consumed, 98% of fugitive emissions will be eliminated, and the land footprint will be reduced by 65%. Cushing, known as the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World” for crude oil, is home to approximately 100 million barrels of storage in the tank farms surrounding the community. The project, announced Wednesday, is anticipated to create over 400 full-time jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 and operations are expected to begin in 2027.

Apr 4, 2023
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Bill Ensures Oklahomans with Chronic Pain Receive Needed Relief

Legislation ensuring Oklahomans suffering from chronic pain can receive the medication they need was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives ahead of the third reading deadline. House Bill 1082, authored by Rep. John Talley, removes a phrase from statute that caused confusion regarding prescription limits for Oklahomans with chronic pain.  "When new legislation surrounding opioid prescriptions took effect in 2018, there was a lot of confusion on whether there were prescribing limits for patients with chronic pain, which was never the case," Talley said. "As a result, many Oklahomans with chronic pain went untreated or undertreated for years due to uncertainty among practitioners and attorneys about the legality of prescribing effective dosage."  Talley said the Ruan v. United States decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2022 ensured the protection of due process for American physicians, requiring that the intent of the practitioner be taken into consideration. Talley said HB1082 aligns Oklahoma statute with that ruling to protect practitioners doing their best to care for their patients.  Additionally, HB1082 changes the timeline requiring informed consent from three months to 14 days and clarifies that simple informed consent is required, not a patient-provider agreement or pain contract.  Talley said this change would reduce confusion surrounding requirements and ensure patients taking prescription pain medications are educated on benefits and risks early on to minimize negative outcomes where possible.  HB1082 passed the House 88-2 and has moved to the Senate, where it is authored by Sen. Shane Jett, R-Shawnee.