President Pro Tempore
Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 11, 2010
Sen. Glenn Coffee
CORN CASTS DECIDING VOTE AGAINST LOWERING
PROPERTY TAXES FOR SENIORS
After voting in favor of a freeze on property
taxes for Oklahoma senior citizens, Senator Kenneth Corn (D-Howe),
flip flopped and cast the deciding vote to deny this much needed
tax relief for the most vulnerable, fixed-income citizens in the
SJR 57, authored by Senator Jim Reynolds (R-OKC), failed in the
Senate by a vote of 22-25, with Corn voting in favor of the measure.
Reynolds later moved to reconsider the vote, which was granted by
With the vote 25-21 in favor of the resolution – sufficient
to pass -- the presiding officer announced the vote was about to
close. Immediately before the sound of the gavel, Corn switched
his vote from YES to NO, causing a final vote of 24-22. A majority
of the 48-member Senate is required for passage, thus the opportunity
to send this resolution to a vote of the people failed.
“As an unsuccessful candidate for president -- whom I assume
Senator Corn supported -- once said, he was for it before he was
against it,” Coffee said. “Senator Corn positioned himself
as the defender of senior nutrition funding, but failed these people
when it comes to saving them real dollars out of their pockets that
could pay for their meals or medications.
“He can’t have it both ways. I believe Senator Corn
owes every senior citizen in the state an explanation of his flip
flop on this important vote,” he concluded.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee: 405-521-5636