The legislative session officially ended Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m., but we’re set to begin interim studies in just a few months. Interim studies are detailed studies of policy issues that often address areas of legislation that failed to pass in previous sessions or is worthy of more in-depth consideration.
These studies are usually held August through November at the Capitol and can meet anywhere from just one hour or for several months of weekly meetings. Local and national experts are often invited to testify at meetings, and the information brought forward is used to guide future legislation.
This week, the Governor signed three more of my bills into law: House Bill 2334, House Bill 2341 and House Bill 2339.
My first bill signed this week was HB2334, which allows the Maternal Mortality Review Committee to conduct ongoing comprehensive reviews of maternal death in Oklahoma, which allow the MMRC to identify commonalities between the deaths and make suggestions to help prevent these deaths from happening in the future.
The second, HB2341, updates outdated language by removing the term “mental retardation” from law and replacing it with the terms “intellectual development disorder” or “intellectually disabled.”
My final bill signed from this session is HB2339. It prohibits a student from being vaccinated at school or on school grounds without prior written authorization from the parent or legal guardian. There have been numerous reports from parents of children that were vaccinated without parental consent. In one case, a student was mistaken for another student. In another, the student had a medical exemption on file. If students need written authorization to have sunscreen applied at school, the same laws should be in place for vaccinations.
Much of Oklahoma and District 36 is still seeing severe flooding on top of the usual tornado season. The Oklahoma Insurance Dept. is encouraging anyone who has experience property damage to report it at damage.ok.gov. The information will help local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts to where they are most urgently needed.
If you’re seeking nonemergency disaster or health and human service information, you can call 211. The line is open 24 hours a day and they can help answer any questions you may have or put you in contact with the right person to answer your question.
With session officially finished, I want to thank all the District 36 constituents who reached out to share their opinions, thoughts or words of encouragement. It’s an honor to serve the District 36 community at the Capitol, and I look forward to another successful legislative session next year!
Rep. Sean Roberts, a Republican, serves District 36 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes Osage and Tulsa Counties.