Senator Ron Justice, R-Chickasha
State Capitol Room 423A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 27, 2010
Senate Republicans Continue Commitment to
Senate Republican Rural Caucus Chairman Ron
Justice and members of the Senate Republican Rural Caucus unveiled
their policy agenda for the 2010 legislative session at a news conference
With continued success in moving rural Oklahoma forward, the Senate
Republican Rural Caucus pledged to continue their efforts in protecting
the resources and assets that are vital to the well being of Oklahoma’s
economic development and job growth.
Despite the difficult budget circumstances that lie ahead, Senator
Ron Justice, Senate Republican Rural Caucus Chairman, said the caucus
stands ready to work diligently on behalf of rural Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma citizens have seen their fair share of difficult
times,” said Justice, R-Chickasha. “Even now, families
across our state and throughout rural Oklahoma are forced to make
tough decisions in order to deal with the struggling economy.”
“Rural Oklahoma has so much to offer our state and nation
and we as a caucus feel it is important now more than ever to defend
this fundamental element of our lives,” continued Justice.
“Our vision for rural Oklahoma continues to be one of strength
and growth, and we believe the reforms we discuss today provide
achievable goals that will continue us in a positive direction.”
The Republican Rural Caucus 2010 Agenda includes:
• Protect agriculture tax exemptions.
• Continue our efforts to direct more motor vehicle taxes
and fees to the improvement of county roads and bridges.
• Oppose any legislation that requires the forced consolidation
of public schools.
• Ensure the protection of property rights.
• Improve access to rural health care professionals and facilities.
• Enhance access to ambulance and fire services in rural Oklahoma.
• Address first responder training issues in rural Oklahoma.
• Continue to support rural conservation issues.
The Republican Rural Caucus is made up of 13 members from rural
Oklahoma and those with rural Oklahoma roots: 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; Brian Bingman of Sapulpa, District 12; 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.
For more information contact:
Sen. Justice: 405-521-5537