Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 9, 2008
Senate Co-President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee, flanked by Senate Republicans,
the 2008 Republican agenda.
Senate Republicans Announce Policy Agenda for 2008 Legislative
Republicans of the Oklahoma State Senate released their policy
agenda for the 2008 legislative session today, calling for better
roads and bridges, improvements in education and health care, and
economic reforms to promote job creation.
Senate Republicans also pledged to make Oklahoma government more
accountable and transparent, keep violent and habitual criminals
behind bars, and provide more tax relief for Oklahoma taxpayers.
“Senate Republicans are ready to provide the new leadership
Oklahoma needs in its second century,” stated Sen. Glenn Coffee,
R-Oklahoma City, the Senate’s Co-President Pro Tempore. “Today
we’re proposing forward-thinking policies and reforms to make
Oklahoma a more prosperous and secure place to raise a family, start
a business, get a good job, and retire.”
Major policy initiatives proposed by Senate Republicans include:
• Establishing an “office of accountability”
at the State Legislature to oversee and conduct regular performance
audits of state agencies.
• Ensuring the ROADS Fund for roads and bridges is fully
funded each year, and dedicating more motor vehicle taxes and fees
for the repair and replacement of state, county, and local roads
• Protecting the public’s safety by keeping violent
and habitual criminals behind bars where they belong.
• Improving education by promoting more school choice, and
by ensuring accountability and transparency in student achievement
and educational effectiveness.
• Improving job growth by supporting critical economic reforms,
such as lawsuit reform and workers’ comp reform.
• Ensuring that Oklahoma taxpayers get the income tax cut
to 5.25% as planned for 2009; expanding the back-to-school sales
tax holiday to include school supplies; and eliminating ineffective
and obsolete special interest tax breaks.
• Protecting the integrity of our elections by requiring
voter identification at the ballot box to make sure no illegal votes
• Improving health care by supporting free market reforms
to improve access and lower costs, and by supporting the use of
new technologies, such as e-records, to make healthcare more efficient
The 2008 legislative session begins Monday, February 4, and runs
through the last Friday in May.
The Senate is tied with 24 Republicans and 24 Democrats, so the
Senate operates under a “power-sharing” agreement between
the two parties.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office - (405) 521-5636