Senator Randy Bass
Senate District 32
For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2008
Sen. Randy Bass
Senate Approves OHLAP Enhancement Act
Bass Bill Adds Cost of Books and Fees to Oklahoma's Promise
A bill aimed at giving greater opportunities for Oklahoma's
school children to realize their dream of a college education won
approval from the full senate on Tuesday. The measure, called the
OHLAP Enhancement Act, by Senator Randy Bass (D-Lawton) is part
of the Senate Democratic "Vision for Oklahoma: Opportunity
and Responsibility" 2008 legislative agenda.
"Oklahoma's Promise has proven to be one of the greatest investments
we have made in the future of our state," Bass said. "It
has increased the number of college graduates in our state, and
made college more affordable to working and middle-class families
in our state. But we can, and should do more."
Bass said the OHLAP Enhancement Act will boost Oklahoma's Promise
by adding the cost of books and fees into the scholarship that currently
only includes the cost of tuition for those Oklahoma students who
make good grades and stay out of trouble.
"The students that have made the commitment to be personally
responsible for their future by playing by the rules deserve the
economic boost this bill will give them," the Senator said.
"The cost of fees and books seem to rise each year, placing
a hefty financial burden on those students who have earned an OHLAP
scholarship. This bill will give those students the economic relief
they need to continue their education."
Bass said that over the course of a lifetime a college graduate
makes more than one million dollars in wages than those who complete
only a high school diploma. He said increasing the number of college
graduates in the state of Oklahoma will boost the overall wages
of all Oklahomans and help attract better paying jobs for the hard-working
citizens of the state.
"If our goal, and I believe it should be, is to increase the
number of college graduates in this state, we must invest in our
future and there is no better investment than helping make college
a little more affordable to Oklahoma families," Bass said.
"I know in a tight budget year it will be difficult to find
the revenue to realize the full potential of OHLAP. But if our budget
is a true reflection of our priorities it should include this important
educational investment to help make a brighter future for all Oklahomans."
For more information contact:
Senator Bass' Office: (405) 521-5567