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This past session, Sen. Bill Brown authored legislation designating the “Honor and Remember Flag” as the State of Oklahoma’s emblem on behalf of the service and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price for their country. This Tuesday, September 28, Brown will be joined by George Lutz, the man who founded the national movement to honor fallen soldiers, at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Norman Veterans Center. Family members of Oklahomans killed in action will attend the ceremony, as will Congresswoman Mary Fallin.read more.
State Sen. Brian Crain said it is time to refocus Oklahoma’s efforts to demand meaningful immigration reform at the national level. Crain, a former prosecutor, said Washington D.C.’s failure to act has put the lives of American citizens at increasing risk.
“While the federal government continues to do nothing but curry favor with internationalists, our border continues to leak. The Obama Administration’s ineffectiveness is leading to rampant lawlessness, increased drug trafficking and the growing potential for more domestic terrorism,” said Crain, R-Tulsa.
State Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton, has been chosen to receive the first annual “Shawn Beaty Award” for legislation aimed at helping solve cold cases. The award, given by the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI), will be presented during a ceremony at Bauder College in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7, 2010, and is named for Oklahoma homicide victim Shawn Beaty.
Barrington was principal Senate author of HB 3294 which enables Oklahoma law enforcement to take advantage of outside resources available for investigating unsolved crimes.read more.
For three years, State Sen. Bill Brown has authored legislation to strengthen Oklahoma’s Boating Under the Influence laws with no success. Following the recent fatal boating accident at Lake Eufaula, Brown says it is time for the Legislature to take this issue seriously and stop putting recreation before safety.
In response to the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) budget-induced reductions in senior feeding programs, Sen. Dan Newberry this spring began working with a coalition of pastors and community leaders in his district to replace the program with new, privately funded centers at Glenpool Faith Church and the Glenpool Community Center. The 25:40 Coalition is now serving 40 meals per day, five days a week at a cost of $2 per meal. Comparatively, DHS spent $115,550 to serve 23 meals per day in 2009 at the Redbud Village Senior Center in Glenpool.read more.