2013 Session Update

Combating Prescription Drug Abuse

Sen. Rob Standridge this week said the state of Oklahoma has an opportunity to establish itself as a leader in addressing the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. While many studies show prescription drug abuse is a growing trend across the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rank Oklahoma among the top states for […]

Reducing Abuse in ‘Obama Phones’ Program

The Senate this week approved legislation establishing regulations for the Lifeline Program – a federal program administered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The program, widely known as ‘Obama phones’, provides phone service for qualifying low-income individuals. Sen. Rob Standridge, Senate author of House Bill 2165, said the bill would require that phone service providers participating […]

Limiting Use of Welfare Cash Cards

The state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would prohibit the use of welfare cash cards in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos. Authored by Sen. Rob Standridge, Senate Bill 667 would help ensure public assistance is ultimately being used to support families and children who need it most. “If the funding distributed through programs […]

Senate Approves Safe Compounding Act

The state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that will require out-of-state compounding pharmacies that deliver, dispense, or distribute prescription drugs in Oklahoma to submit an affidavit and pharmacy site inspection form to receive a license. Sen. Rob Standridge, author of Senate Bill 522, said the legislation was authored to prevent the sort of tragedy that […]

Welfare Cash Cards Legislation Clears Committee

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today gave unanimous approval to legislation that would ban the use of welfare cash cards at strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores. Senate Bill 667, authored by Sen. Rob Standridge, would ensure that funds provided through programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are used to […]