Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 24, 2007
Senate Republicans take questions from reporters after
unveiling their 2007 legislative agenda.
(Left to Right: Senators Anthony Sykes, Kathleen Wilcoxson, Cliff
Todd Lamb, Glenn Coffee, Owen Laughlin, Ron Justice and Cliff Branan.)
Senate Republicans Unveil ‘Vision for a Better Oklahoma’
Republicans in the evenly divided Oklahoma State Senate unveiled
their 2007 legislative agenda – titled a “Vision for
a Better Oklahoma” – at news conferences in Tulsa, Oklahoma
City, and Lawton on Wednesday.
“Today we’re presenting our vision for making Oklahoma
a superior state in which to live and raise a family, receive an
excellent education, work at a quality job, succeed in business,
and comfortably retire,” stated Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma
City, the Senate’s co-President Pro Tempore.
“Our ‘Vision for a Better Oklahoma’ focuses on
four policy areas where we believe we can enact changes and reforms
to make Oklahoma a better state: education, jobs and the economy,
health care, and public safety,” said Senate Republican Floor
Leader Owen Laughlin, R-Woodward.
“The historic 24 to 24 tie in the Oklahoma Senate gives Republicans
an unprecedented and equal voice the Senate’s legislative
process. Republicans will use our co-equal status in the Senate
to fight for policies that help move Oklahoma forward in the 21st-Century,”
stated Senator James A. Williamson, R-Tulsa, the Senate’s
Republican leader emeritus.
Senate Republicans will pursue policy initiatives in four key areas
as part of their “Vision for a Better Oklahoma” program:
- An Educated Oklahoma: Senate Republicans believe Oklahoma children
deserve superior schools and that we can obtain outstanding results
by requiring excellence in our schools. Senate Republicans will
seek to toughen standards and increase accountability in our schools,
and will work to fix the Teacher Retirement System.
- A Growing Oklahoma: Senate Republicans want to bring economic
opportunity to Oklahoma. We will demand financial accountability
and eliminate wasteful spending in government. Senate Republicans
will work to foster a job-rich environment by fighting for real
lawsuit reform, comprehensive workers’ compensation reform,
and a reduced tax burden on Oklahoma families.
- A Healthy Oklahoma: Senate Republicans believe every Oklahoman
should have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Senate Republicans
will fight to keep and attract doctors to Oklahoma, for free-market
health care cost reductions, and will work to lower the cost of
- A Safe Oklahoma: Senate Republicans are committed to the safety
of all Oklahomans by protecting our most vulnerable citizens. Senate
Republicans will work to continue to fix our roads and bridges,
protect seniors and children from sex offenders, and strengthen
laws against illegal immigration.
For more information contact:
Senate Republican Assistant's Office - (405) 521-5654