Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2008
Sen. Kenneth Corn
Full Senate Approves ‘Oklahoma’s Second Century
The Oklahoma State Senate passed a key plank of the 2008 Senate
Democratic “Vision for Oklahoma” agenda that focuses
on opportunity and responsibility. While Sen. Kenneth
Corn’s original bill creating “Oklahoma’s
Second Century Promise” was not heard before last week’s
deadline for committee action, Corn successfully passed the legislation
on Wednesday on the Senate floor after attaching the language as
an amendment to another Senate Bill.
“This was simply too important to the future of our state—I
am extremely pleased that the measure won overwhelming bipartisan
support by the full Senate,” said Corn, D-Poteau. The measure
cleared the Senate on a vote of 45 to 2.
Corn said the Second Century Promise will provide hope to kids who
may not feel college is an option because of the cost, and gives
Oklahoma an opportunity to move ahead of surrounding states in the
number of college graduates—an effective economic development
incentive that will help attract high paying jobs, grow Oklahoma’s
economy and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans.
Corn’s legislation will enable many high school students currently
ineligible for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)
to qualify for scholarships that would help them complete their
first two years of college. If they maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA during
those first two years, they’ll receive additional scholarship
funds to complete their bachelor degree.
The measure would also change income requirements to qualify for
initial enrollment in the OHLAP program, changing the maximum amount
allowable from $50,000 total income to $50,000 in taxable income.
With Corn’s changes, about 75 percent of all high school students
in the state would qualify for OHLAP.
Corn said the measure would have no fiscal impact in this coming
fiscal year, and would cost approximately $13 million the following
year, eventually hitting an average annual cost of $23 million.
“The second Century Promise complements OHLAP and will help
us achieve our full potential as a state,” Corn said. “Investing
in education is the single best investment we can make in our state’s
future, and I am proud the Senate was able to take this crucial
step in the right direct.”
For more information contact:
Senator Corn's Office: (405) 521-5576