Senator Ron Justice, R-Chickasha
State Capitol Room 423A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2009
Sen. Ron Justice
Senate Republican Rural Caucus Members
Announce Vision for Rural Oklahoma
Members of the Oklahoma State Senate’s Republican
Rural Caucus released today their policy agenda for the 2009 legislative
session, entitled their “Vision for Improving the Quality
of Life in Rural Oklahoma.”
The Senate Republican Rural Caucus’ agenda
calls for protecting agricultural tax exemptions, improving access
to healthcare professionals and facilities in rural Oklahoma,
opposing forced school consolidation, and providing more funding
for county roads and bridges.
“The Senate Republican Rural Caucus is ready
to provide the leadership rural Oklahoma needs,” said Senator
R-Chickasha, Senate Republican Rural Caucus Chairman.
“Our focus and desire as a caucus is to protect
the resources and assets that are vital to the well being of our
citizens and our state’s economic development and job growth,”
continued Justice. “Rural Oklahoma has so much to offer
to our state and nation. During these economically difficult times,
we feel the reforms we discussed today are necessary avenues to
take in order to advance rural Oklahoma and defend what matters
The Republican Rural Caucus vision includes:
• Protect agricultural tax exemptions.
• Increase funding for the improvement of county roads and
• Oppose any legislation that requires the forced consolidation
of public schools.
• Ensure the protection of private property rights.
• Modernize the trucking permit system.
• Improve access to healthcare professionals and facilities.
• Enhance access to ambulance and fire services in rural
• Reauthorize the previous bond funding for conservation
The Republican Rural Caucus is made up of 12 members: Senators
Ron Justice of Chickasha, District 23; Patrick Anderson of Enid,
District 19; Don Barrington of Lawton, District 31; Jim Halligan
of Stillwater, District 21; Harry Coates of Seminole, District
28; John Ford of Bartlesville, District 29; Mike Johnson of Kingfisher,
District 22; Todd Lamb of Edmond, District 47; Bryce Marlatt of
Woodward, District 27; David Myers of Ponca City, District 20;
Mike Schulz of Altus, District 38; Anthony Sykes of Newcastle,
District 24. The purpose of the Republican Rural Caucus is to
provide a voice for the citizens of rural, small town Oklahoma
and promote their issues at the State Capitol.