For Immediate Release: March 28, 2007
Co-Chairs Praise Natural Resources Provisions in GA Bill
The Co-Chairs of the Senate
Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources both praised
provisions of House Bill 1234, the General Appropriations bill.
Bass, a Democrat from Lawton, and David
Myers, a Republican from Ponca City, said the GA bill serves
as an appropriate blueprint to ensure critical services upon
which all Oklahomans depend remain intact. Both senators were
involved in negotiating the base-level funding contained in
HB 1234 for agencies under the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources
subcommittee. The senators said the bill is a product of sincere,
"This bill includes funds for rural firefighters and their
equipment, along with money for agriculture and conservation
programs. This legislation is very important for rural Oklahoma,"
"We owe it to our citizens, and to the generations of Oklahomans
yet born, to protect the natural resources of this great state
so they will have clean air to breathe and fresh water to drink,"
Bass said. "Providing funding to the Oklahoma Department
of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Resource Board
will allow us to do just that."
Bass also said he is pleased the operational grants for Oklahoma's
mostly volunteer rural fire departments will continue.
"We fought hard last year to double the grants to our rural
fire departments which so often depend on money raised through
pie auctions and bake sales to make ends meet," Bass said.
"The funding included in this bill allows them to continue
their heroic service of keeping our homes, churches, and farm
and ranchland safe from the dangers of wildfires."
Both senators hope the bipartisan legislation will be signed
For more information contact:
Senator Bass' Office: (405) 521-5567
Senator Myers' Office: (405) 521-5628