Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2007
Military Base Expansion Bill Clears Senate
The full Senate has given final approval to a measure to help Oklahoma
military bases slated for expansion. Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton,
is principal author and Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton is co-author
of Senate Bill 751, which was approved on Wednesday.
SB 751 would authorize the state to finance bond issues for a loan
program for school districts and cities already providing services
to the military bases targeted for expansion under the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure Commission review. Those include Fort Sill
in Lawton, Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Tinker Air Force Base in
Midwest City, and Altus Air Force Base. Those facilities have an
annual economic impact of $6 billion in Oklahoma.
“I cannot emphasize enough how important this bill is to our
military communities. Getting this passed this session was critical,”
Bass said. “I again want to commend the entire delegation
from the Lawton area, as well as legislators representing other
military communities for their hard work on this bill.”
“In Lawton alone we’ll see our population grow by more
than 11,000 as a result of the expansion,” Barrington said.
“We need to have the schools and other infrastructure in place
to address those needs. This legislation will ensure our military
communities can do that.”
SB 751 also contains language allowing two state tire manufacturers,
Goodyear in Lawton, and Michelin in Ardmore, to apply for a one-time
extension of up to 12 months to meet requirements of a 2002 law
which enabled them to receive Quality Jobs funds in connection with
the retooling or modernizing of their facilities.
The measure now moves to the House for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Senator Bass' Office: (405) 521-5567
Senator Barrington's Office: (405) 521-5563