Senate Republican Leader Glenn Coffee of Oklahoma City said the 2006 legislative session saw some successes, but overall was average at best.
“The 2006 legislative session shows that a change in leadership is needed in the Oklahoma State Senate. We had a chance for an A+ session, but we ended up with an average session, at best,” Coffee said.
“On the one hand, the strong Republican minority in the Senate helped push through meaningful pro-life legislation, Medicaid reform, and more funding for roads and bridges in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
“But on the other hand, Senate Democrats once again killed lawsuit reform, and failed to pass an income tax cut and the elimination of the death tax. A special session would not be needed on the budget and tax cuts if not for the Senate Democrats’ obstruction,” Coffee stated.
The State Senate is made up of 25 Democrats and 23 Republicans.