Senator Nancy Riley
Senate District 37
For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2008
Sen. Nancy Riley
Riley Mining Bill Approved by State Senate
Bill Now Heads to Governor Henry for His Signature
Crossing party lines and teaming up with her Republican counterparts
to speed up the legislative process for a bill aimed at making government
more efficient, State Senator Nancy Riley applauded the teamwork
behind her bill that passed the Senate on Monday making the mining
application process less burdensome for local communities. The bill
now goes to the Governor for his signature before becoming law.
"With the passage of Senate Bill 706, we allow Oklahoma communities
to be responsible for their development," Riley said. "Every
mining application process is time consuming and costly and this
bill allows municipal governments to limit duplicate applications
to speed up that time consuming process that often times is seen
as a burden to both businesses and local governments. It also allows
the city to be compensated upfront for applications and permit expenses
involved with a special use permits.
Riley said she believes in protecting the ability of municipalities
to make decisions that are in the best interest of their community
members. She said one way to do that is to alleviate the lengthy
and repeat applications that authorize the same process.
"Doing so is simply smart government," Riley said. "I
am thankful that I was able to cross party lines and work in a bi-partisan
fashion to help bring a more efficient government for our citizens."
For more information contact:
Senator Riley's Office: (405) 521-5600