Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 28, 2011
Sen. David Holt
Senator Holt says push for binding arbitration reform will continue
This week, Senate Bill 826, a bill to reform binding arbitration,
was not heard in the House before the deadline to hear Senate bills.
The bill could be considered in the House in the 2012 session. Principal
author of the measure, Senator David
Holt, R-Oklahoma City, made the following remarks.
"I want to thank Representative Scott Martin for his incredible
leadership, and Speaker Kris Steele, for supporting Representative
Martin and this important bill every step of the way.
“I also want to thank Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman for his
strong and unyielding support, the Senate co-authors who stood with
us, and the Senators who passed SB 826 through the Senate.
“This issue is not going away. Binding arbitration takes
the power to spend tax dollars away from taxpayers. The taxpayers
won't rest, and neither should the Legislature, until real change
“Just this week, the Massachusetts legislature rejected a
union scheme to impose binding arbitration there. When Oklahoma
is giving more power to unions than Massachusetts does, I think
we all have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves how long we
want Oklahoma to continue prioritizing union interests above taxpayers.
“In the recent past, victories like ‘Right to Work’
illustrated that Oklahoma had its priorities straight. As we all
witnessed this year, other states are catching up and surpassing
us. The taxpayers of Oklahoma will not stand for this, and so I
predict the debate will only continue.
“I want to thank the coalition that has formed around this
issue. Representative Martin and I intend to keep that coalition
together until real change is made. This coalition includes the
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Americans for Prosperity, the
Oklahoma Academy, the 9-12 Project, RIED, the Oklahoma State Chamber,
the Oklahoma Municipal League, the Oklahoma Republican Party, and
Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
“I look forward to continuing to stand with the taxpayers
to reform or repeal the onerous process of binding arbitration."
For more information contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636