Oklahoma State Senate
Co-President Pro Tempore
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 418
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 23, 2008
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Senate Co-President Grades Legislative Session ‘B’
Senate Co-President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee, the leader of Republicans
in the evenly divided Senate, gave the 2008 legislative session
a “solid B” grade.
“2008 was a good legislative session, but not a great one.
I’d grade it a solid B,” stated Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
“Senate Republicans accomplished many of our major goals,
such as providing more funds to repair Oklahoma’s dilapidated
roads and creating an Office of Accountability and Innovation to
make government more efficient. We passed a significant ethics reform
bill that bans lobbyists from making campaign contributions during
a legislative session, and we helped protect the public from criminals
by fully funding state prisons. Senate Republicans led the way in
overriding the governor’s veto of bipartisan legislation to
protect the unborn,” Coffee said.
“Unfortunately, the Senate Democrats sent several good reforms
to the political graveyard this year, including protecting the integrity
of elections through voter identification, establishing term limits
for statewide officials, and reining in lawsuit abuse.”
“Additionally, Senate Republicans successfully passed conservative
legislation through the Senate to slow property tax growth, expand
charter schools, provide scholarships to low income students at
at-risk schools, and allow local control for the selection of public
school textbooks. These bills didn’t make it out of the House
of Representatives, but the Senate will lead the way next year to
enact these important reforms,” Coffee said.
“We’re very hopeful that the people of Oklahoma will
add some new Republican senators to the State Senate this November
so we can make more progress on our 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.”
Coffee thanked his Democrat counterpart, Senate President Pro Tem
Mike Morgan of Stillwater, for working hard to make the power-sharing
agreement a success for the past two years.
“While Sen. Morgan and I have had our share of disagreements
about public policy, he has been an outstanding partner in making
sure the power-sharing agreement was a success in a tied Senate,”
For more information
Sen. Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636