Oklahoma City State Representative Ajay Pittman named OICA’s House Democratic Legislator of the Year

July 20, 2023
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Oklahoma City – State Representative Ajay Pittman, D-Oklahoma City was recently awarded as House Democrat Legislator of the Year by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) for her work to address students dealing with trauma in Oklahoma’s Public schools.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by OICA for authoring recent legislation that would advance partnerships between law enforcement and schools statewide to help provide a safe and supportive academic environment for children recently exposed to traumatic events known as “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs),” said Pittman, who is Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus.

Rep. Pittman fostered a successful partnership with Handle with Care Oklahoma, and The Oklahoma Turning Point Council to author House Bill 2513.

According to a press release from her party’s caucus, The legislation establishes a notice to Oklahoma schools of children experiencing ACEs so that school administrators, teachers and counselors may handle them with care, in order to mitigate the negative impact of trauma.

“OICA appreciates and applauds the attention to detail that Rep. Ajay Pittman demonstrated with her hard work on the Handle with Care legislation, and her continued efforts to support all Oklahoma children through policy,” said Joe Dorman, CEO of OICA.

(https://www.city-sentinel.com/education/lawmakers-amass-pro-child-records/article_ab721854-1467-11ee-807b-9763bdfc748e.html )

H.B. 2513 received overwhelming support and passed both chambers this year.

The bill passed the House with 81 yes votes and the Senate with 42 yes votes.

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