Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 22, 2008
Sen. Justice, flanked by Sens. Todd Lamb and David Myers,
explains the Republican Rural Caucus Agenda.
Senate Republican Rural Caucus Members Announce Vision
for Rural Oklahoma
Members of the Oklahoma State
Senate’s Republican Rural Caucus released today their policy
agenda for the 2008 legislative session, which includes their
“Vision for Improving the Quality of Life in Rural Oklahoma.”
The Republican Rural Caucus’ agenda calls
for more funding for county roads and bridges, opposing forced
school consolidation, attracting and keeping physicians in rural
Oklahoma, among others.
“As senators who represent a number of rural
communities, we understand the significance tied to rural Oklahoma,”
said Senator Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, Republican Rural Caucus
Chairman. “The success and livelihood of rural Oklahoma
directly affects our entire state. Our vision for the 2008 legislative
session echoes this thought and aims to bring support to rural
families and businesses.”
“We as rural senators experience first hand
the quality of Oklahoma’s resources,” said Senator
Owen Laughlin, Republican Floor Leader. “Water is a necessary
resource. We must find ways to increase the amount and quality
The Republican Rural Caucus vision includes:
• Dedicating more motor vehicle taxes and fees to the improvement
of county roads and bridges.
• Opposing any legislation that requires the forced consolidation
of public schools.
• Immediately eliminating Oklahoma’s Death Tax, instead
of its current date of elimination, 2010.
• Ensuring the protection of personal property rights in
dealing with land and water.
• Modernizing the slow, archaic trucking permit system to
help keep the state’s valuable resources moving.
• Improving access to healthcare by attracting and keeping
physicians in rural Oklahoma, and by protecting the financial
viability of rural hospitals and ambulance services.
The Republican Rural Caucus is made up of 11 members: Senators
Ron Justice of Chickasha, District 23; Patrick Anderson of Enid,
District 19; Don Barrington of Lawton, District 31; Harry Coates
of Seminole, District 28; John Ford of Bartlesville, District
29; Mike Johnson of Kingfisher, District 22; Todd Lamb of Edmond,
District 47; Owen Laughlin of Woodward, District 27; David Myers
of Ponca City, District 20; Mike Schulz of Altus, District 38;
Anthony Sykes of Newcastle, District 24. The purpose of the Republican
Rural Caucus is to provide a voice for the citizens of rural,
small town Oklahoma and promote their issues at the State Capitol.
For more information contact:
Senator Justice's Office - (405) 521-5537