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A4 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, May 16, 2019 " This was another busy week at the House! As session begins to wrap up, we're continuing to hear Senate amend- ments to House bills. Many legislators are also spending time in conference committees to work bills' language with the Senate into something we can both agree on. We've heard a number of bills on the floor this week that I found particularly interesting. Among those was HB2453, which modernizes our state's safety laws regarding bicy- clers on the roads. The bill requires a motorist passing a cyclist to move into the left lane if there is more than one lane in the same direction. On Wednesday, we heard HB2632, which creates the 'atient's Right to Pharmacy Choice Act to prohibit restric- ons of a patient's right to choose a pharmacy provider. I'his allows more opportunity for local pharmacies to compete with huge corporate pharmacies. We also heard HB2629, which legally requires drivers |o pull over to the side of the road and stop when law l nforcement or emergency vehicles are approaching. Next time you're driving and law enforcement or an ambulance is following you, carefully pull over and stop safely or you may end up getting a ticket! The House adopted HR1018 on Monday, which proclaims May 2019 as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month. More commonly known as EDS, this chronic illness is a disease that weakens the connective tissues of your body and can make your joints loose and weaken blood vessels and organs. Hundreds of Oklahomans live with this pain every day, and the House recognized May as a time to spread awareness of this disease. On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of introducing my good friend Tom Kams as the House's "Doctor of the Day." Tom was a practicing OB-GYN in Stillwater for over 30 years and delivered more than 6,000 babies throughout his entire career, including my own grandkids. Tom is an invested member of the Stillwater community and it was an honor to recognize him before the House! Rep. Trish Ranson and I had the privilege of introducing the Oklahoma State University cheedeading team on the House floor on Thursday. This year, the team won the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National Championship in the small co-ed D!A division. The mem- bers of the STUNT team also won their sixth consecutive STUNT Division One National Championship. Having attended OSU and lived in Stillwater for many years, I've seen how talented these athletes are both on and off the field and consider it an honor to represent them. The end of session is just around the comer, and we'll soon begin hearing budget bills. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to my office about questions or concerns regarding remaining legislation and budget negotiations. It's my duty to represent your voices and opinions at the Capitol. You can reach me (405) 557-7304 or john.talley@okhouse.gov. AMERICAN FARMERS & RANCHERS PERKINS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. MARY A. MORRIS, AGENT JOSHUA E. MORRIS, AGENT LANETTE PIERSON, AGENT 218 N. Main. P.O. Box 136 405-547-2971 Perkins, OK 74059 This past week the country observed National Police Records Set By Mothers Week. It's a dangerous job, but one that makes our communities safer for law abiding citizens. We owe After basketball's "March Madness" has settled down, our law enforcement officers our thanks and support for and before we find ourselves enthralled again in our "New their service. Religion," football, we have time to discuss what used to In light of that,it seems fittiflg that the Governor recently be referred to as, "The National Pass-time," baseball. Erma signed Senate bill 679 into law. This legislation is about Bombeck once wrote,"Baseball is just one big game of statis- protecting the confidentiality of undercover officers, tics." She noted that statisticians pride themselves in recording This legislation will allow law enforcement agencies to every tiny event as if it sets a record. If a rookie who has just request that their county assessors keep personal informa- swallowed his tobacco while pitching to a brother on their tion for undercover or covert officers offthe internet, such mother's birthday in the first game of the season, it will go as the officer's home address for themselves, their spouse, into the record books. domestic partner or minor child as well as telephone num- Then in 1989, Erma offered this: "Mothers set records all bers or emails. The bill's author is a former director of the the time, but no one records them. They go out to the mound State Bureau of Narcotics. He explained lhat the roll of every day and give it their best shot. The season runs January undercover, covert agents is different that a uniform patrol to January." Here are some.of the games' most notable mothers officer. The undercover officer relies on their identity not that she recorded. being exposed. If that information is exposed, it could Themost errors ever committed by a mom were byEvelyn put their lives, or those of their loved ones at tremendous Naive of Kansas City, who believed there there actually was risk. Keeping certain identifying information off the web a person called "Everybody else's morn." will help keep their identities secure. The most runs ever recorded in a single day were by a rookie Another Senate Bill recently signed into law will help mom, Vicky Comet of Austin, who fit four trips to school, one Oklahoma's more than 4,100 foster families. Senate Bill Little League game, two dental appointments, and one trip 893 will provide a.$5,000 income tax exemption for each to the grocery store, the gynecologist, the car wash and anyone contracting with a child-placing agency on or after the bank into one day. January 1,2019. In order to qualify for the exemption, The longest night game by a mother was played in Mildred the taxpayer must have been under contract and providing Coma, Little Rock, Ark who sat through an eighth-grade care for at least six months or claim a pro rata exemption production of Pirates of Penzance. based on the difference. There are nearly 8,000 children The most dramatic out made by a mother was Midge Marvel, in state custody who are there because of abuse or neglect. Clearwater, Fla who sat in the living room in her bathrobe Oklahoma's foster families open their hearts and homes and nailed her son when he tried to slide into home at 2 aJn. to these children, and there is always a need for more The record for the most strikeouts by a mother is held by foster families. Hopefully, this additional benefit will Nancy Miffed, Portland, Ore who said to her toddler, "You're be of help to those already fostering children, and those going to eat all that broccoli if it's the last thing you do." considering doing so. The greatest unpaid and unwanted attendance at a single game In the meantime, budget negotiations are still ongoing has never been topped. Two hundred fifty people attended a at the Capitol. On Thursday, the President Pro Tempore party at the home of Bob and Louise Fool, Bangor, Maine, of the Senate announced a proposal to invest an additional who left their teenagers alone one weekend to see a football $200 million in common education in the 2020 fiscal game in Columbus, Ohio. budget. That would include $70 million for a $1,200 Possibly the greatest pinch hitter ever is Estelle Hardshell, teacher pay raise and an additional $130 million for the a stepmother from Long Island, who hung in there with her classroom. I'll keep you posted on what transpires, step-daughter after 10 years of heating, "You're not my real I thank you for the privilege of being your voice at the mother." State Capitol. If you have any questions or concerns And the Most Valuable Mother (MVM) award for 1989 about legislation or other issues at the state level, please was won by the mother who said, "No" to the same question feel free to contact my office by calling (405) 521-5572, 75 times in one day. or email dugger@oksenate.gov. Don't you just love this game! i!iiii!iii!!ii!i!i!ii!!ii!!ii!i!i!ii!!!!i!!!!i!!;iiii!i!!ill iiii ,ii;i::i:i~iiiii:::ii::: :ilili:ii!iiiii:~:~ii:ii::%i:~:i~!~ r Jeanette Jo n Journal Colum~t It is 4:00 am and 59 degrees on Tuesday morning. Really restless night up and down as the 8 pm storms with Thank you heavy rains, lightning and hail rampaged my world at the cottage. Aunt Judy's Misfits Relay for Life team recently Jesus and I are having a lovely organic tea and toast. We are sold BBQ sandwiches as a fund raiser for American lifting up in prayer all those facing surgery and recovering, Cancer Society. Would like to give special thanks Cancer patients and their families, the homeless, our Veterans,to everyone that donated items to help make this a the elderly in rest homes and our leaders in Stillwater. success. Thanks goes to Oklahoma Closing & Title Hugs to Zoni on her graduation from high school. I am service for meat; Wal-Mart, BancFirst and Stillwater so proud of her and all the family that has supported this Medical Center for water; Food Pyramid for chips; amazing journey. Grimsley's for To Go Boxes; Head Country for BBQ I am grateful to have family to love, time with Mary from sauce; Donald Wilborn of Bimbo Bakery for buns; Ponca City, and Leila in Bartlesville. Loved the cards and University Land Title Services for allowing us to use phone calls from Linda and Debbie. Mary took me to eat at their location for people to pick up their sandwiches; Red Lobster and we talked for some time. and Dusty Taylor for smoking our meat. Also, special One of the special wait staff got the job he wanted. I am so "Thank You's" for everyone who got the sandwiches !!1 City State-- Zip ~!,;~ Rates: One year n Oklahoma $30 One year out of state $35 !!i:.I~ BE A FRIEND BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 off of the rates sted above ff you are a current pa d subscr ber. ~]Use the form above for your "friend" and list your name here:| Church. Thank you to Dr. Sid Williams who teaches our Sunday School class. All the mothers at church got a flower delivered by the hands of our precious children. Grateful for a church to call home. I have taken good care of the red roses. The weeds and debris pile are growing under the tree in the yard and that creates a home for rats who eat wiring in cars. We prayed for all those in the air, on the road or at-sea for safe travel. I must leave here by the 28th as my lease is up. It is not easy to find a Section 8 house in my price range in just a few JOY, Page A2 CUSTOM FRAMES, INC. !! Name Judy German ~il Address Stillwater happy for him. I will miss him. Some times I only stop for that made this such a success. Remember the Relay m m 1 m m 1 for Life will be at the Expo Center June 8, from 5 to SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL just fill out this form, include yourcoffee and to look over my house search notes. il payment and mail to: mE IOURNAL,Whatever is in the air makes it hard to breathe. I had a 11 pm. Everyone is touched in one way or another P.O Box 667 Perkins, OK74059-0667 really bad breathing experience between Sunday School and by cancer. Thanks again!