The Oklahoma State Senate has given unanimous approval to legislation creating special vehicle tags for Oklahomans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The author of Senate Bill 1138 is Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond.
“I was first approached about creating this special license plate by a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We’ve lost more than 70 Oklahoma soldiers in this cause, including 19 year-old Pfc. Micheal Phillips of Ardmore just this past weekend,” Lamb said. “It is important for us to honor all of the Oklahomans who have risked their lives for our country in Iraq.”
Lamb said approximately 21,182 active duty or reserve soldiers have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. About 5,500 Oklahoma Air and Army Guard have served two to three tours of duty.
“I think the fact that this measure was passed unanimously in both committee and on the floor shows that the State Senate supports our troops and believes this is an appropriate way to honor the thousands of Oklahoma men and women who are serving our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Lamb said.
SB 1138 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.