Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April
Senator Jeff Rabon
Dinosaur Bill Extinct?
Jeff Rabon and Representative Paul Roan are questioning whether
their Senate Concurrent Resolution naming the official state dinosaur
will receive a House Committee hearing. The bill was assigned to
the House Rules Committee and will more than likely not make it
on the agenda. The deadline to give bills a committee hearing from
the opposite house of origin is quickly approaching – bills
must be heard before 5:00pm Thursday, April 21st, 2005.
“I really don’t understand why Representative Tibbs
is choosing not to hear this legislation. In my nine years of service,
I have never encountered such an unusual stance such as one that
is going on in the House right now,” stated Senator Rabon,
author of SCR 3. “This truly is an inexplicable, unprecedented
display by the House Rules Chairwoman.”
The measure would name the official Oklahoma dinosaur as the Acrocanthosauraus
Atokensis. The fossil was found in portions of McCurtain and Atoka
Counties by two paleontologists Sid Love and Cephis Hall, who hunted
fossils as a hobby. On March 5, 2005, a new wing of the Museum of
the Red River was dedicated and inside an exact replica of the fossil
is on display.
“I can’t believe that the House Rules Committee is
holding a 20 million year old dinosaur hostage,” stated Representative
Roan, a Democrat from Tishomingo.
Senator Rabon added the resolution should have gone straight to
the House floor for a vote and that it should not have been assigned
to a committee at all.
“SCR 3 received great support in the Senate. We do not ask
for a lot in southeastern Oklahoma and I believe this is deserved
recognition to the region. This unique dinosaur species is very
important to our Museum and the people in southeastern Oklahoma,”
concluded Rabon, a Hugo Democrat.
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