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Rep. Danny Sterling 

Capitol Report

 

March 14, 2019

I have been rapidly adjusting to life at the Capitol and I am working hard to serve House District 27.

In my time at the Capitol, I have had two bills pass on the House Floor with overwhelming amounts of support as well as every bill that I have presented in committee having passed.

The first bill that I authored and passed in the House, is House Bill 1050. House Bill 1050 increases the length of time a substitute teacher can be employed during a school year from 90 days to 135. For a substitute who has a lapsed or expired certificate, or at least a bachelor’s degree, the number of days is increased from 100 days to 145.

I have also passed House Bill 1048. House Bill 1048 protects groundwater rights in eminent domain cases, unless the landowner wants groundwater rights included in the eminent domain proceeding.

Bills that have passed in committees, awaiting to be heard on the House Floor include House Bill 1332 which relates to motor vehicles that will allow all-terrain vehicles to be driven on certain municipal roadways, that do not violate existing ordinances and county roadways, and House Bill 1051 which relates to childhood obesity.

I have been working hard on House Bill 1051 in making sure that it will have the largest impact possible on the lives of students. I have been working in close contact with several organizations to ensure that this bill will help decrease overwhelming amounts and percentages of childhood obesity in our state.

This bill will not only help children health wise in their current lives but will help leave a lasting impression on their lives as they enter adulthood. House Bill 1051 requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness test for students in grades four and five, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

This bill also requires school districts to annually provide the results of individual student performance on the physical fitness assessment to the State Board of Education. The results shall not contain the name of the individual students, the student’s Social Security number or the student’s date of birth.

After I presented in the Common Education committee, I decided to strike title on this bill so I could continue the work that needs to be done in making it the best that can be. Along with all of the bills I have been working hard on I have also co-authored several bills as well. I am also the vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, I serve on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the Common Education Committee and the A&B General Government subcommittee.

This past week the Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives have been putting in long hours in session to ensure that each bill is heard and voted on responsibly. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

My email address is Danny.Sterling@okhouse.gov, the office phone is (405) 557-7349, and the mailing address is State Capitol Building, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 3288, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

 

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