Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs Tulsa State Representative Melissa Provenzano’s H.B.1441 into law

Oklahoma City – Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law House Bill 1441, authored by Assistant House Democratic Leader Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa.

Stitt affixed his signature to the measure on April 19.

The bill caps time spent on required federal, state and local teacher training to 150 hours every 5 years.

Rep. Provenzano said the legislation allows teachers more time for dedicated planning for their students.

State Reps. Trish Ranson, D-Stillwater and Ellyn Hefner, D-Oklahoma City, were co-sponsors of the bill in the House of Representatives.

In the Senate, the proposal’s ramrod was state Senator Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, who serves as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

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In the House, the proposal secured overwhelming bipartisan support, in an 87-1 vote. The 13 “Excused” members (not voting) came from both parties.

In the upper chamber, there was a single no vote, and one member was excused — both Republican.

Analyzing the bill, legislative staff concluded it will have no fiscal impact on state government tax revenues.

“Our teachers have been asking for relief from what seems to be an ever-growing list of new training requirements, which take considerable time away from preparing for class,” Rep. Provenzano said.

“Putting a cap on how much we add to their plates will begin to balance that load and reducing the frequency of repetitive training will eliminate unnecessary redundancy.”

Note: Pat McGuigan contributed to this report, working with press releases from legislative staff and his research on education-related issues. He covered news at the state Capitol and other aspects of state government since 1990.