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The Texoma Report 3-8-2021

After a marathon of amendment votes and hours of debate, the U.S. Senate on Saturday passed the 1-point-9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief package that now goes back to the House. Oklahoma’s two Republican senators were solid no votes. 

A trade group for health insurance companies is trying to weigh in on the lawsuit challenging OKlahoma’s managed Medicaid plan. 

Thanks to an anonymous donor, every public school in Oklahoma will receive four KN95 masks for every teacher and school staffer. These shipments come at a time when the vast majority of school districts are having in-person learning amid a statewide drop in COVID-19 cases. 

The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation to protect the First Amendment free speech rights of public school employees.  Senate Bill 634, by Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, requires school districts to ask employees once a year if they want to continue to have association dues deducted from their paychecks. 

The Oklahoma Arts Council will soon be investing in arts programs tailored to meet specific needs of older adults across the state after being awarded a $60,000 grant by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Aroha Philanthropies. The Oklahoma Arts Council is one of 36 state and jurisdictional arts agencies nationwide receiving an award. Each state is given the opportunity to tailor related activities to the unique needs of its constituents.