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From the Executive Director: Oklahoma policy and legislative initiatives

The Parent Child Center of Tulsa is a member of several groups that keep us posted on policy and legislative initiatives relevant to the safety and wellbeing of children in our city and state. The following groups might be of interest if you want to voice your opinion and learn more about how to effectively advocate on issues that concern you.

Tulsa Children’s Consortium

Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

Oklahoma Policy Institute

As the 54th Oklahoma Legislature works its way through over 2,000 introduced bills in the state House and Senate, there are several bills of particular interest to PCCT that we are following:

HB1063 (McCullough, R-Sapulpa) suspends Children First and other home visiting programs for one year, returns Affordable Care Act funds to federal government; conducts an audit with intent of selecting one model for Oklahoma.
More Info: – Home visiting programs work for young children, their parents and Oklahoma (Guest Blog: Paul Shinn)

HB1785 (Blackwell, R-District 61) deletes the mandatory reporting requirement for child abuse and neglect; makes reporting optional.

HB1661 (Denney, R-Cushing, and Halligan, R-Stillwater) amends School Bullying Prevention Act with broader definitions of bullying behaviors (adds cyberbullying) and stronger requirements for training, investigation and documentation of incidents.

– Desiree

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