Assistant Republican Floor
Senator Owen Laughlin
State Capitol Room 529-B
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 8, 2006
Senator Laughlin joined with other Senate Republicans
(L-R,Sens. Don Barrington, Mike Johnson, John
Ford, Ron Justice, Harry Coates and David Myers) Wednesday
to announce the Senate Republican
Rural Caucus' 2006 agenda.
Elimination of Death Tax Tops Senate Republican Rural
Caucus ’06 Priorities
* Rural GOP Senators Pledge
to Fight Forced School Consolidation & Seek Funding
for Roads & Bridges, Rural Firefighters
The elimination of the state’s death
tax tops the list of 2006 legislative priorities for rural
Republican state senators, members of the Senate Republican
Rural Caucus announced Wednesday.
“It’s double taxation and it’s
immoral to tax one’s income and then to tax the
same person again upon death. A family shouldn’t
have to sell off the family’s farm or small business
just to pay the death tax. This is why we support the
full and total elimination of the death tax in the state
of Oklahoma,” stated Sen. Owen Laughlin, R-Woodward,
the chairman of the Senate Republican Rural Caucus.
The group also repeated their pledge to
oppose any forced school consolidation efforts in the
Oklahoma Legislature. And the rural Republicans pledged
to seek more funding for roads and bridges and to support
emergency funding for rural fire departments.
“Roads and bridges have been neglected
for many, many years by the Senate Democrats. Senate Republicans
– led by the Rural Caucus – are committed
to making the repair and maintenance of our roads and
bridges a priority in the state budget. It is important
to note that the Republican roads and bridges plan significantly
increases the funding that goes to county roads and bridges,”
stated Sen. David Myers, R-Ponca City.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to our
rural firefighters. Members of the Senate Republican Rural
Caucus are committed to working in a bipartisan fashion
to make sure they have the emergency resources needed
to continue protecting lives and property during this
horrible drought,” said Sen. Harry Coates, R-Seminole,
whose rural Senate district has been hit hard by wildfires.
“Rural Republican senators are also
repeating the pledge we made last year: We will oppose
any effort in the Oklahoma Legislature to forcibly consolidate
rural school districts,” Laughlin said.
Senate Republican Rural Caucus
2006 Legislative Priorities
- Eliminating the state death tax.
- Providing additional funding for roads and bridges.
- Supporting additional emergency resources for rural
- Opposing efforts to forcibly consolidate rural schools.
Members of the Senate Republican Rural Caucus
- Sen. Owen Laughlin, Woodward, Chairman
- Sen. Patrick Anderson, Enid
- Sen. Don Barrington, Lawton
- Sen. Harry Coates, Seminole
- Sen. John Ford, Bartlesville
- Sen. Mike Johnson, Kingfisher
- Sen. Ron Justice, Chickasha
- Sen. David Myers, Ponca City
more information contact:
Senate Republican Assistant's Office - (405) 521-5654