President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 10, 2010
SENATE REPUBLICANS RELEASE EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE PLANKS
OF 2010 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Republicans in the Oklahoma State Senate released
the final section of their three-part 2010 Legislative agenda, focusing
on the areas of Education and Health Care.
“Providing quality education for our young people is the
foremost goal of any healthy and growing state,” said Senator
John Ford, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, R-Bartlesville.
“Senate Republicans recognize this, and we are raising the
bar in terms of the educational goals we are setting for our state
through our 2010 legislative agenda.”
Senate Majority Floor Leader Todd Lamb addressed the GOP’s
goals on health care. “While we don’t believe something
as important and personal as one’s health care should be controlled
by the government, we strongly believe that government policies
can enhance health care access and quality, and our agenda reflects
Like a vast majority of Oklahomans, Senate Republicans reject the
health care policies being developed in Washington, and urge Oklahomans
to make their voices heard on this budget-busting proposal. “Oklahomans
from all walks of life and political persuasions are saying “no”
to the policies coming out of Washington,” Lamb added. “And
even though many of their Democrat elected officials have endorsed
the plan, we believe those who have are out of touch with their
Republican goals for Education and Health Care include bills that
• Promote higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates
through increased rigor and accountability. Legislation has been
filed that would create a formula for schools to set new graduation
• Enhance greater enrollment and attainment in post secondary
(college and career tech).
• Expand opportunities for all students through use of online
• Retain and reward Oklahoma teachers performing at the highest
level by implementing a performance pay model for compensation.
• Advance opportunities for the creation of charter schools.
• Take steps to ensure the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System
obligations are met.
Health Care –
• Retain and attract quality doctors and other health care
providers to all areas of Oklahoma.
• Continue current commitment to OSU Medical Center.
• Fight for relief from the Federal government’s micromanagement
of Oklahoma’s health plan through waivers and block grants.
• Uphold our commitment to protecting the sanctity of life.
• Support goals of Oklahoma’s Health Improvement Plan.
Republican Senators will work with members in the Senate and House
to advance the above goals, and to pass these measures on to the
Governor for his signature.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee: 405-521-5636