Senate Week in Review: March 17-19

Monday, March 17   The Senate met briefly Monday, approving several resolutions including the following. -SCR 32 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, Allows Congress to direct the United States Geological Survey to conduct a master multi-state study of the Red River Watershed Basin. -SR 46 by Sen. Brian Crain, celebrates the centennial anniversary of YWCA Tulsa. […]

Senate Week in Review, March 10-13

    Monday, March 10  The Senate met Monday, approving numerous measures including the following. -SB 1445 by Sen. Susan Paddack, modifies the definition of “primary place of use” for mobile communications service under the Nine-One-One Wireless Emergency Number Act. -SB 1023 by Sen. Dan Newberry, establishes that the Legislature occupies and preempts the entire […]

Senate Update from Sen. Rob Standridge week of 2/24/2014

The Senate this week advanced several measures aimed at combating Oklahoma’s epidemic of prescription drug abuse, including legislation I have authored to strengthen regulations on controlled substances in nursing homes. Senate Bill 1243 would require nursing homes and home care services to obtain a registration from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs […]

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 […]