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STATEMENT: Rep. Ownbey on Syrian Refugees

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) issued the following statement today regarding Syrian refugees and Gov. Mary Fallin’s position: “I have a strong sympathy for the refugees of conflict zones, but I believe that the protection and safety of our citizens must come first. Although I am sure there is an attempt at…

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Rep. Ownbey Denounces Monument Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court is clearly trying to legislate from the bench in today’s 7-2 decision against the Ten Commandments monument, according to an Ardmore lawmaker. State Rep. Pat Ownbey said Oklahomans are going to have to decide whether or not they will stand for the judicial activism of the Oklahoma Supreme…

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Child Welfare Reform Signed into Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation signed into law yesterday will improve the foster care system, according to the bill’s author. House Bill 1078, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, expands the independent living program that transitions children in the system into their adult lives, updates requirements for foster parents and group homes to ensure the child is…

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Governor Signs Bill to Streamline Criminal Justice

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation signed into law yesterday by the governor would improve information sharing between state criminal justice agencies. House Bill 1083, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, will create a shared infrastructure dubbed the “Criminal Justice Information Center for Excellence” under the supervision of the chief information officer in the Oklahoma Office of Management…

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Palliative Care Bill Signed into Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – An advisory panel that helps set state health policies would have more input from experts on the coordinated care of patients with chronic conditions under a measure signed into law yesterday. House Bill 1085, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, renames the Home Care and Hospice Advisory Council to the Home Care, Hospice…

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Tulsa World editorial, A7: Easing pain: State looks for better ways

Care for the chronically or terminally ill is a complicated balancing act involving multiple caregivers and health providers. Careful coordination is essential to ease suffering and help fragile patients receive the best care possible. Toward that goal, the state House last week passed, 90-0, legislation that directs the Home Care and Hospice and Palliative Care…

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House Approves Bill to Streamline Criminal Justice

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved unanimously today by the Oklahoma House would improve information sharing between state criminal justice agencies. “Information sharing is a critical part of law enforcement and public safety,” said the bill’s author, state Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “An efficient system improves the safety and criminal justice services provided to Oklahomans.” House…

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House Approves Ownbey Foster Care Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation authored by state Rep. Pat Ownbey and approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would give foster care parents more of a voice in a review hearing of a deprived child case. House Bill 1079 would allow attorneys representing foster care providers to file a report with the court for presentation…

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Committee Approves Bill Would Streamline Criminal Justice

  OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation advanced by a House committee would improve information sharing between state criminal justice agencies. “Information sharing is a critical part of law enforcement and public safety,” said the bill’s author, state Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “An efficient system improves the safety and criminal justice services provided to Oklahomans.” House Bill…

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Rep. Ownbey on Leadership Team in 2015

  OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Pat Ownbey is serving on Speaker Jeff Hickman’s leadership team for the second year in a row. “We are trying to lead our House colleagues in the direction of more funding for schools, criminal justice reform and improvements to the child welfare system,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “I plan to…

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