Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 27, 2011
Senate Republican Rural
Caucus Completes Agenda Goals
The Senate Republican Rural Caucus said the 2011 legislative session was
extremely successful. On Friday, Rural Republicans announced their agenda
accomplishments and expressed enthusiasm for the productive year that will
expand their vision for improving the quality of life in rural Oklahoma.
We are extremely pleased with the agenda accomplishments this year, said Sen.
Ron Justice, R-Chickasha and Chair of the rural caucus. Our caucus not only
played a major role in overall success of the entire Republican caucus, but we
were able to secure the priorities for rural Oklahoma that we had announced.
Rural Caucus Agenda victories include:
Protected agricultural tax exemptions
Successfully directed motor vehicle taxes and fees to the improvement of
county roads and bridges in the general appropriations budget
Protected private property rights
Protected rural fire departments from cuts to operational grant funding
Enhanced access to rural hospitals and healthcare facilities by securing
additional funding through the supplemental hospital offset payment program
Funded and secured the REAP program
In light of a very difficult year for budget concerns and funding, we were able
to secure resources for our priorities such as the REAP program and county road
and bridge funding, said Justice. Rural hospitals will remain open and access
to healthcare facilities in rural Oklahoma has been improved.
The Senate Republican Rural Caucus is made up of 17 senators from across the
state who represent the best interest of those outside the metropolitan areas.
Rural caucus members include:
Sen. Mark Allen, Spiro; Sen. Patrick Anderson, Enid; Sen. Don Barrington,
Lawton; Sen. Brian Bingman, Sapulpa; Sen. Josh Brecheen, Coalgate; Sen. Harry
Coates, Seminole; Sen. Kim David, Wagoner; Sen. Eddie Fields, Wynonna; Sen. John
Ford, Bartlesville; Sen. Jim Halligan, Stillwater; Sen. Rob Johnson, Kingfisher;
Sen. Ron Justice, Chickasha; Sen. Bryce Marlatt, Woodward; Sen. David Myers,
Ponca City; Sen. Mike Schulz, Altus; Sen. Frank Simpson, Springer and Sen.
Anthony Sykes, Moore.