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Special Report . . .

    Fixing the Past is Today’s Obstacle
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016
    By Speaker Jeffrey W. Hickman


    In 2005, voters handed Republicans control of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for only the second time in history. Our transportation system was crumbling, our prison system was dangerously overcrowded, and the Capitol building was falling apart after decades of neglect. Oklahoma had a non-competitive income tax rate and possibly the worst funded public pension system in the nation.

    Republicans also inherited an education system where too many dollars weren’t going to the classroom and teacher salaries, and student outcomes needed improvement. That first year, House Republicans gave our schools an immediate increase of $168 million, and education remains one of our highest priorities more than a decade later.

    From 2007 through 2015, funding for preK-12 schools increased more than $136.8 million (5.83 percent), while many other state agencies received cuts of more than 25 percent. Beginning in 2012, Republicans increased common education funding a total of nearly $207 million over three years, and last year, despite a budget shortfall of $611 million, local schools received no budget cut.

    Today, 51 percent of the state budget is dedicated to education, with almost 35 percent going to preK-12 schools. Between state appropriations and local and federal sources, our preK-12 education system received a record $8.2 billion for the current fiscal year, the most in state history, which includes nearly $300 million for the teachers retirement system.

    Reforming our pension systems is a national success story. This past decade, Republicans stopped the bleeding from years of robbing the system. All seven retirement systems are now on the road to solvency, protecting commitments to current and future retirees.

    In 2005, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation budget was the same as in 1985. Annual funding for transportation was less than $180 million and Oklahoma had nearly 1,200 structurally deficient bridges. To correct this mismanagement, Republicans more than doubled funding for infrastructure this past decade. We have now appropriated over $2 billion for state roads and bridges and pumped an additional $1 billion into county roads and bridges. That’s $3 billion which could have been used to increase teacher pay, improve rural health systems and put more money back into the pockets of hardworking taxpayers.

    Additionally, we face a crisis in state prisons. Funding is critical but won’t solve structural problems in criminal justice. In 2013, we passed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative to reduce repeat offenders and lower crime rates. Since then, we continued this effort passing reforms and providing resources to lock up the most dangerous criminals.

    After ten years implementing conservative ideas, we are making progress on nearly 100 years of mismanagement and failed policies. Despite these obstacles, House Republicans will continue making tough decisions and promote ideas that allow the private sector to create better jobs, make our state more prosperous and provide better opportunities for Oklahomans. We will focus on new efficiencies, continue to fund and improve our schools, restore state infrastructure and make Oklahoma families safer. This is how we will leave Oklahoma - in a better place than we found it.

Special Report . . .

    ATTENTION CDL DRIVERS!!!
    Wed, 26 Mar 2014
    PRESS RELEASE
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    Oklahoma City- The Department of Public Safety announced today they will begin to implement a temporary extension for CDL holders who have been downgraded due to failure to timely submit an updated medical examiner certificate or complete a self-certification form.
    The temporary extension will allow applicants to have the downgrade of their CDL removed while giving them until December 31, 2014 to successfully complete all required examinations for their specific class of license.This temporary extension does not waive any applicable fees or any requirements necessary to be issued a new license or maintain a current CDL.

    DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson stated that he “deeply appreciated the efforts by the personnel assigned to the CDL division who identified an alternative to allow effected CDL drivers more time to comply with the federal requirement.”

    Governor Mary Fallin thanked the department and Commissioner Michael Thompson for quickly addressing the situation.

    “CDL holders are drivers who provide essential services to the state as well as to businesses," said Fallin. "I appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Thompson and his department to accommodate their needs and grant an extension while they work to submit their required paperwork."

    Anyone affected by this may contact DPS Driver License Help Desk at (405)
    425-2020 and will temporarily have their license upgraded to their previous CDL, (prior to the downgrade) once they provide a self-certification affidavit and/or medical card. If they self-certify as non-excepted interstate, they must also provide a current copy of their medical examiner’s certificate.

Special Report . . .

    Rep. Sean Roberts says bill would raise taxes on military
    Thu, 06 Mar 2014

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Sean Roberts said legislation approved today in the Oklahoma House of Representatives would increase the tax burden paid by military personnel and their families.

    House Bill 3143 would make individuals living on military installations on federal property subject to sales, use and occupancy tax ordinances of a municipality if annexed by that municipality.

    “This legislation allows cities to tax veterans and active duty military personnel who they have not been able to previously tax,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “I am sure the bill’s intent is to help municipalities who sometimes struggle to find funding streams to address all their needs, but I think this is a grossly inappropriate expansion of who they can tax. Veterans, military personnel, and their families deserve our gratitude and our protection from further taxation.”

    State Rep. John Bennett also criticized the legislation.

    “As a Marine, I am offended by the legislation and I do not understand why my colleagues would support this bill,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “Even if there is a legitimate rationale for it, I think we should put our military men and women first and support them against municipal interests. Fortunately, the vote was captured and so there is an opportunity to bring it up for another vote. This will allow us to ask more questions and further debate the bill before holding another vote.”

    The legislation was approved by a vote of 69-20.

Special Report . . .

    A Note to my Constituents
    Sat, 04 May 2013
    A Note to my Constituents:

    The legislative process requires elected officials to consider multiple aspects of issues that not only affect their constituents, but also impact the communities in which they reside and serve. There is lengthy research, debate, and consideration given to each measure. As a result, the service owed to the community as a whole often requires voting for or against legislation in ways that some do not prefer.

    The preservation of my personal integrity and the values on which I was not only raised, but also elected, require my uncompromising ability to vote with my moral convictions. I cannot vote for a bill that I cannot support. While I am certainly sympathetic to the beliefs of some who may oppose my stances, my position is, and will remain, to adequately represent the district as a whole; voting with the conscience and convictions through which I obtained this office.

    I always welcome your feedback. I appreciate knowing how proposed or pending legislation will impact you, your community, and your industries. I ask that you keep myself and this office in your prayers as we approach the conclusion of this legislative session.

    God Bless,

    Rep. Dan Kirby

Special Report . . .

    Governor Signs Heart Screenings for Newborns Bill
    Mon, 22 Apr 2013
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today signed legislation to require a heart screening of newborns before they leave the hospital where they are born.

    The new law, House Bill 1347, by state Rep. Dan Kirby and state Sen. Kim David, will require hospitals and other birthing facilities to perform a pulse oximetry screening on every newborn prior to discharge from the facility. The bill received unanimous approval in the Oklahoma Senate and nearly unanimous approval in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Senator Kim David and my colleagues on this important bill,” said Kirby, R-Tulsa. “Giving newborns the best chance at a long and healthy life is policy we can all get behind. Pulse oximetry screenings are the newest and best way to detect congenital heart defects that are often not identified by other methods. Requiring these screenings will ensure more newborns survive their first weeks of life and have fewer health problems as they continue to grow and develop.”

    The pulse oximetry screening is a noninvasive test that measures the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen.

    Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 killer in infants with birth defects.

Special Report . . .

    Lawmaker Invites Remington to Oklahoma
    Thu, 24 Jan 2013


    Oklahoma House of Representatives
    Media Division
    January 24, 2013

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Contact: State Rep. Dan Kirby
    Office: (405) 557-7356


    OKLAHOMA CITY – In light of a New York ban on assault rifles, state Rep. Dan Kirby said today he would like to invite Remington to consider Oklahoma as a gun manufacturing location.

    “I was just reading about the backlash from an Ilion, N.Y., Remington gun factory and I wanted to get the word out that many Oklahoma lawmakers would welcome gun manufacturing jobs in our state and would like an opportunity to talk to Remington about our incentive programs and friendly business climate.”

    Kirby said Oklahoma has a deeply embedded gun culture and will unlikely ever consider any type of ban on guns.

    “Support for Second Amendment rights is bipartisan and overwhelming,” said Kirby. “Really, I think most Oklahomans would be proud to welcome gun manufacturers to the state.”

    Kirby noted that Oklahoma has several manufacturing incentives available to companies that bring jobs to the state such as the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Act and a 5-year property tax exemption for manufacturers. State lawmakers have enacted lawsuit reform in past year and are working this year to reform the state workers’ compensation system.

    “You can’t get much more business-friendly,” said Kirby.

In the News . . .

    Rep. Kirby Presents a Bill

    2nd Session of the 55th Legislature Weekly Wrap
    Mon, 08 Feb 2016
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    Rep. Kirby Comments after Bank Employee, Friend Killed in Robbery
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Dan Kirby released the following statement today after learning that a... ...read more...

    Lawmakers Praise Passage of Funding Bill for American Indian Cultural Center
    Tue, 01 Apr 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Contact: State Rep. Dan Kirby
    Capitol: (405) 557-7356

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    ATTENTION CDL DRIVERS!!!!!
    Wed, 26 Mar 2014
    PRESS RELEASE
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    Oklahoma City- The Department of Public Safety announc... ...read more...

    House advances Kidney Fund bill to address chronic blood disorders
    Wed, 12 Mar 2014
    House advances Kidney Fund bill to address chronic blood disorders

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    54th Legislature Measures Approved by Governor Fallin
    Thu, 23 May 2013
    This has been a productive and successful legislative session! Below, is a list summarizing the... ...read more...

    Representative Kirby attends OATA Presentation
    Wed, 15 May 2013
    12-7-12

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    Governor Signs Heart Screenings for Newborns Bill
    Mon, 22 Apr 2013
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today signed legislation to require a heart screening of... ...read more...

    Native American Caucus Elects New Officers
    Sun, 24 Feb 2013
    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Native American Caucus has elected the co-chairs of the caucus and the caucus... ...read more...

    A Personal Note
    Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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    Lawmakers Want Heart Screenings for Newborns
    Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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    54th Legislature Welcome
    Thu, 24 Jan 2013
    Greetings!



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    Lawmaker Invites Remington to Oklahoma
    Thu, 24 Jan 2013


    Oklahoma House of Representatives
    Media Division
    January 24, 2013

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    Lawmaker to Join WWII Veterans on Honor Flight from Tulsa to D.C.
    Wed, 18 Apr 2012
    OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Dan Kirby will join 105 World War II veterans on an Oklahoma Honor Flight... ...read more...

    Representative Dan Kirby files for re-election
    Thu, 12 Apr 2012
    Oklahoma City--Oklahoma State Representative Dan Kirby, (R., Dist. 75) has confirmed that he will... ...read more...

    Changes Could be on the way for Amateur Boxing Regulations
    Tue, 21 Feb 2012

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    Bill Would Strenghten Boxing Regulations
    Tue, 21 Feb 2012

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    Representative Dan Kirby celebrates Country Lane Elementary achieving Great Expectations Model School Status
    Fri, 10 Feb 2012
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    Kirby working with broad coalition of state lawmakers to phase out income tax
    Mon, 30 Jan 2012
    Kirby working with broad coalition of state lawmakers to phase out income tax

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    Lawmakers Take Notes
    Thu, 26 Jan 2012
    11/17/2011 (Tulsa)

    Dan Kirby may hold a seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, but all mo... ...read more...

    Special Ceremony Marks Signing of Cody’s Law
    Wed, 08 Jun 2011
    OKLAHOMA CITY (June 8, 2011) – A ceremonial signing held today highlights a new law that will... ...read more...

    Senate Sends Cody’s Law to Governor
    Thu, 19 May 2011
    OKLAHOMA CITY (May 19, 2011) – Legislation on its way to Gov. Mary Fallin would strengthen the... ...read more...

    House Approves Holiday Spirit Legislation
    Tue, 09 Mar 2010
    OKLAHOMA CITY (March 9, 2010) – Under legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives,... ...read more...

    Kirby Attends Ceremonial Signing of Legislation Expanding Lawsuit Protections
    Thu, 13 Aug 2009
    OKLAHOMA CITY (August 13, 2009) – State Rep. Dan Kirby this week attended the ceremonial signing of... ...read more...