President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 21, 2010
Majority Floor Leader Todd Lamb and Senate Republican leaders
discussed their agenda for the 2010 Legislative session in
a state Capitol press conference on Thursday.
SENATE REPUBLICANS RELEASE PUBLIC
SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION PLANKS OF 2010 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
OKLAHOMA CITY –Republicans
in the Oklahoma State Senate released the second section of
their 2010 Legislative agenda today, focusing on the areas
of Public Safety and Transportation.
In this challenging financial climate, Senate
Republicans are working to bring new and better jobs to Oklahoma
and provide for a more favorable business climate and better
way of life for all Oklahomans, including keeping our citizens
safe, and continued improvement of our transportation system.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn
and Majority Floor Leader Todd
Lamb (R-Edmond), Chairman of
the Senate Republican Agenda Committee led their colleagues
in announcing their initiatives for the 2010 session.
“Even in a time of fiscal austerity, there
are core functions of government that must be maintained,” said
Lamb. “Public safety and our transportation infrastructure
are certainly two of those areas. Senate Republicans
will work within this very challenging environment to build
on the strong progress we’ve made in recent years, while
being faithful stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
“A state that holds the public safety as
a priority and provides a safe and efficient transportation
system is a state that will be prepared to grow when the hard
times end,” said Pro Tem Coffee. “We are
resolved to keep Oklahoma competitive, and to do that, we’ll
provide a safe and accessible Oklahoma, and be poised for further
Coffee and Lamb expressed concern about the impact
of policies coming from Washington that would have a lasting
and lethal impact on Oklahoma’s state budget.
“Republicans in the Senate have great concerns about what
will happen to funding for public safety and our transportation
infrastructure in Oklahoma if the Obama administration and his
Democrat allies in Congress succeed in passing policies which will
only divert funds from other important programs to pay our share – and
Nebraska’s share – of Medicaid expansion,” Lamb
“Oklahoma taxpayers will be paying for the special deals
made for selected states, and that will come out of other important
functions of state government,” Coffee added.
Republican goals for Public Safety and Transportation
include bills that will:
- Maintain existing road funding against any diversion of
monies and monitor the increased funding for roads, county roads,
bridges, maintenance and construction
- Continue to re-organize the Medical Examiners office.
- Completion of the 800 Mghz Interoperable Communications
- Support expansion of statewide 9-1-1 services.
- Protect all of Oklahoma’s children from abuse.
- Continue to protect Oklahomans’ Gun rights.
Republican Senators have filed bills advancing
each of the above goals, and will work with members in the
Senate and House to pass these measures on to the Governor
for his signature.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee: 405-521-5636