Senator Randy Bass
Chairman, Veterans and Military Affairs
Senate District 32
For Immediate Release: May 19,
Sen. Randy Bass
Senate Gives Final Approval on Portions of Governor’s
Operation Home Front Initiative
State Senators gave final approval Thursday morning
to legislation that will provide a $250,000 life insurance policy
for members of the Oklahoma National Guard and Air National Guard.
Bass, D-Lawton, said the measure now goes to the House where
approval will send it to the desk of Governor Brad Henry.
“Oklahoma guardsmen are now just two small steps away from
being able to provide greater financial security for their families
when they are called upon to put their lives on the line in defense
of our nation and freedom around the globe,” said Bass, chairman
of the Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and Senate
author of the measure.
Bass said Senate Bill 821 is part of Governor Brad Henry’s
Operation Home Front Initiative, which also includes a state income
tax reduction for guard members.
“We must honor those who serve our country and defend freedom,”
Bass said. “This legislation does that by making sure the
families of those Oklahomans who are killed in the line of duty
are treated with the utmost respect.”
Bass said in order to make tomorrow better for our children, military
issues will always be among his top priorities. Bass serves on the
Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission and represents the
senate district that includes Fort Sill, who just recently received
word from the Pentagon that the Army post will gain 3,600 military
personnel through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
“I am committed to sending a message to our troops that we
honor their service through this bill that provides additional financial
security for their families,” Bass said. “I am pleased
Senate Bill 821 passed out of the Senate today because I believe
this measure sends that message loud and clear.”
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