Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2009
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Legislation Honoring Soldiers Lost in War on Terror Awaits
The House of Representatives joined the Oklahoma
Senate in giving unanimous approval to legislation designed to
honor Oklahomans who pay the ultimate price in the War on Terror.
The measure, Senate Bill 712, was approved by representatives
Monday 99-0. The measure had previously been approved by the Senate
on a 47-0 vote. The next stop for the bill is Governor Henry’s
Paul Gumm is the principal author of SB 712. If signed into
law, the bill would require the governor to order flags on state
property to be flown at half-staff on the day of the memorial
service for Oklahomans who are killed in combat.
Further, on such days of remembrance, all state
agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals would
be authorized and requested to fly the flag at half-staff. The
director of the Department of Central Services would ensure the
law is implemented by all appropriate state agencies.
The bill was a request from a young man who served
as a Senate Page during Gumm’s first year in the Senate.
Sgt. Todd Anderson of Tishomingo now serves in the U.S. Army and
suggested the bill in an email to the senator sent early last
fall from Iraq.
“Oklahomans have always supported our troops
and embraced efforts to honor them,” said Gumm, a Democrat
“Sgt. Anderson thought lowering flags on state
property to half-staff would be an excellent way to honor those
who gave their very lives fighting for their country. I was proud
to introduce his idea – and now, we are only a signature
away from it becoming law.”
Rep. Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo, carried the bill
in the House of Representatives. “We are a free nation because
there are those who are willing to sacrifice everything to protect
our freedoms,” he said.
“This is an excellent way to remember and
honor those who were willing to risk everything for the love of
their country. We in Tishomingo are very proud of Todd, and all
those who wear the uniform of our nation.”
If signed into law, the bill would become effective
July 1, 2009.
For more information contact:
Sen. Gumm's Office: 405-521-5586