Senator Owen Laughlin,
Senate District 27
State Capitol Room 519
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 5, 2007
Sen. Owen Laughlin
Term-Limited Senator Calls Democrat’s
Bill to Repeal Term Limits ‘Bad Idea’
state Sen. Owen Laughlin is about to enter his final year in office,
and he believes legislative term limits have been a great thing
So Laughlin is naturally disappointed that a senior Democrat Senator,
Mary Easley of Tulsa, has introduced a bill for the 2008 legislative
session that would repeal term limits for state legislators.
“Term limits were overwhelmingly approved by the people,
and they have been a wonderful thing for the Legislature and for
the state of Oklahoma. Getting rid of term limits would be a very
bad idea,” stated Laughlin, R-Woodward, the Senate’s
Republican floor leader.
“Thanks to term limits, the Oklahoma Legislature has attracted
new legislators who have experience in the ‘real-world.’
There is a different mindset because the newer legislators have
come here to serve for a finite time, and to make a difference.
They don’t want to make a career out of being in the Legislature,”
He noted that the change of leadership at the Legislature is a
positive development for the state.
“The Legislature now has a new generation of leaders who
are energetic and forward-thinking. We’re considering fresh
ideas and dynamic reforms that would not have seen the light of
day back when members of the ‘Old Guard’ dominated the
Capitol,” Laughlin said.
“I can’t think of a single good reason to repeal term
limits,” Laughlin stated. “If anything, we need to look
for ways to expand term limits to other offices in our state.”
Democrat Easley’s legislation is Senate Joint Resolution
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