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Rep. Ownbey Files Bill to Up Pay for Experienced Teachers

  OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill filed by state Rep. Pat Ownbey would gradually increase the pay of those teachers who have worked for more than 25 years. “I think we all expect raises over the course of our career,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “I saw that the raises required by the state end after teachers…

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Rep. Ownbey Receives Full Committee Assignments for 2015

  OKLAHOMA CITY – State lawmakers approved committee assignments for the 2015 legislative session during Tuesday’s organizational session day. In addition to chairing the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services, state Rep. Pat Ownbey will also serve on the Appropriations and Budget Committee, the Public Safety Committee and the Children, Youth & Family…

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Ownbey Receives Public Safety Award

OKLAHOMA CITY – A new prescription drug trafficking law authored by state Rep. Pat Ownbey led the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to award him this month with “2014 Representative of the Year.” The award was presented on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the OBN Christmas Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held at Journey…

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Rep. Ownbey to Chair Budget Subcommittee in 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – Speaker Jeff Hickman has selected Rep. Pat Ownbey to chair the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services. Although Hickman presided over the 2014 legislative session, he did not organize its committee structure because he began his term in February upon the resignation of former Speaker T.W. Shannon. Ownbey said that…

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Rep. Ownbey Statement on President Obama’s Amnesty Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Pat Ownbey today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to up to five million illegal immigrants in the United States: “President Obama had shown a disdain for the U.S. Congress and the rule of law here in the United States,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “President Obama has…

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Rep. Ownbey Swears in for Another Term

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Pat Ownbey was sworn into office for the beginning of another term yesterday. Ownbey was joined by the other 101 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, including 22 new members who will be serving in the 55th Oklahoma Legislature. He said he is grateful for the support his candidacy…

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New Law to Make Prescription Drug Trafficking a Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY – Anyone carrying a large quantity of illegal prescription drugs would face drug trafficking charges under a measure signed into law today by Gov. Mary Fallin. House Bill 2589, by Rep. Pat Ownbey, would add morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and benzodiazepine to drugs, listed under current drug trafficking law. Carrying 1,000 grams of a…

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Rep. Ownbey Comments on Passage of Budget Measure

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the state’s annual general appropriations bill: “For the upcoming fiscal year, we have increased our funds for education and child welfare while holding most essential services harmless and reducing non-essential services. The budget we approved today also provides…

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Rep. Ownbey announces Foster Care Day at the Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Pat Ownbey today announced plans to hold this year’s Foster Care Day at the Capitol on May 6. May is National Foster Care Month. The Foster Care and Adoptive Association sponsors an annual Capitol event open to the public. This year’s event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1…

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House Approves Legislation to Modify Foster Care Deduction

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted unanimously today to ensure all foster care parents qualify for a deduction on their income tax. Rep. Pat Ownbey, who presented the measure, said current law only allows a married couple to file jointly for the $5,000 deduction. Senate Bill 1621, by Sen. Frank Simpson and…

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