Senator Mike Morgan
President Pro Tempore
Senate District 21
Lincoln, Logan & Payne Counties
For Immediate Release: February 8, 2006
Senate Sub-Committee OKs Increase In Eligibility for
The Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee
on Education gave approval Wednesday to legislation that
will make more children from middle class homes eligible
to participate in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access
Senate Bill 1993 by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike
Morgan raises the maximum income eligibility for OHLAP
from $50,000 to $75,000.
“OHLAP is one of the best examples we have of legislation
that encourages personal responsibility. Students make
a pact with the state to make good grades, take the right
classes and stay out of trouble and they are rewarded
with a tuition scholarship,” Morgan said.
The Senate leaders said Wednesday’s vote was the
first step in his plan to fast-track the OHLAP eligibility
expansion bill in an effort to send it to the House of
Representatives before the end of February.
“We should send the signal early in this session
that we intend to invest in Oklahoma's future. We need
to say to Oklahoma that we are looking beyond the fall
campaigns and focusing, instead, on the future,”
“This session needs to be about more than the next
election. It must be about the next generation and there’s
no better way to invest in the next generation than offering
greater educational opportunities to more of our students.”
Senate Bill 1993 now heads to the full Senate Appropriations
Committee where it is expected to be heard next Wednesday.
Morgan said the bill could make it to the floor of the
full Senate in the third week of the session.
more information contact:
Senate President Pro Tem's Office - (405) 521-5605