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State Senator Bruce Price will hold an important new leadership post in the Oklahoma Legislature when he returns to the State Capitol for the next legislative session.
The Hinton legislator was named chairman of the Senate Science and Technology Committee today, a new panel which will focus on technological changes affecting areas ranging from industry to education to the environment.
Senate President Pro Tempore Stratton Taylor announced the appointment today, saying Senator Price is a "perfect fit" for the new committee.
"Senator Price has demonstrated that he can handle any assignment and this is an important one. With the way technology is changing all facets of everyday life, it's critical that we have someone in place to make sure we keep pace with those changes," said Senator Taylor.
The Science and Technology Committee will address a variety of issues, many of which will play an important role in economic development.
"If we don't keep up with the changing times, Oklahoma is going to suffer. You can't build a first-rate, 21st Century economy unless the state and the people who do business here have the technological tools they need to succeed. And only a vibrant, successful economy can afford to take the necessary steps to protect our environment," said Senator Price.
"Whether it's a farmer in the field or a small businessman on main street, everyone needs a helping hand on this issue."
In addition to the new leadership post, Senator Price will continue to serve as vice-chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as a key member of the Senate leadership team.
"Being a part of the leadership team has made it easier to get things done for the people in my district. I think the new committee chairmanship will allow me to be an even more effective legislator, not just for my area, but for the state as a whole," said Senator Price.