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The Texoma Report 3-2-2021

The State Senate approves a bill letting victims of domestic violence end a lease early without penalty. Under Senate Bill 200, tenants could terminate the lease by giving the landlord a written notice and either a protective order or police report within 30 days of the violent incident. Senator John Michael Montgomery says victims of domestic violence are often trapped in their situation with no way to escape their home if they can’t afford to terminate the lease.

The Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee has given its approval to a measure that would ensure Oklahomans are not paying more for many prescriptions than the price in Canada.  Sen. Greg McCortney, chair of Health and Human Services, is the author of Senate Bill 734, which was approved on Monday.

Oklahoma Senator Carri Hicks has gotten approval for SB 51 which will modify teaching exam requirements and better support nursing mothers in Oklahoma schools. The bill removes the requirement for the completion of the Oklahoma General Education Test for all pathways to certification, and the Oklahoma City Democrat said the test is an expensive, time consuming and unnecessary requirement. The Senate also passed SB 121 directing local school boards of education to adopt policies allowing school employees who are nursing to have protected breaks to pump.

Oklahoma’s state senate passed a bill Tuesday to open up transfer options for students.

Comanche County residents will decide whether or not to renew a 3/8th of a cent sales tax today. County commissioners are asking for a ten year extension of the tax, which is set to expire at the end of 2021. 80% of the tax, which generates $400,000.00 per month, goes to fund the Comanche County Detention Center. While the population of the jail continues to grow, the tax has remained the same.