Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Bill to issue temporary disability placards to new mothers one step closer to becoming law

I've been swamped with work and other responsibilites the last two weeks, and didn't get a chance to post this press release earlier. This measure has since passed a House committee unanimously.

Full Senate approves bill to issue temporary disability placards to new mothers

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 27th) – Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, received unanimous approval for Senate Bill 1070 Wednesday, which allows mothers to receive a temporary disability placard to use for six months after giving birth. If signed into law, Oklahoma would become the first state to provide this assistance to new mothers.

“Part of being a pro-life and pro-family state is implementing polices that will benefit Oklahoma kids and families,” Newhouse said. “SB 1070 will specifically help mothers who are recovering after childbirth by providing them additional safety and assistance by being able to park in designated handicap spaces that are more accessible and often closer to medical offices and other public buildings.”

Newhouse added that the placards would be yellow, which is symbolic of new life, and to indicate that they are for women only, as opposed to red temporary disability placards that can be used by either gender. They will expire six months after the date of birth.

“This measure simply offers more safety to new mothers by allowing them to park closer, giving them more space to get their infant in and out of their vehicle, similar to what is currently available to individuals recovering from surgery or those with other temporary medical needs,” Newhouse said.

Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow is the principal House author of SB 1070, which is now eligible for House consideration.


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