Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 31, 2013
Sen. Bryce Marlatt
Bill to ensure all regions have representation on Water Resources
Board becomes law
OKLAHOMA CITY –Sen. Bryce Marlatt and Rep. Mike
Jackson said a bill to ensure more equitable representation on the
Oklahoma Water Resources Board has been signed into law. Marlatt and
Jackson are the authors of Senate Bill 965, which was signed by Gov.
Mary Fallin on Friday.
“Right now the make-up of the board
includes one member from each congressional district and four at
large members,” said Marlatt, R-Woodward. “But that doesn’t really
ensure that every part of the state is represented. Currently there
are three members representing eastern Oklahoma but they all are
from the Tulsa area. That means people from southeastern communities
don’t have a voice. This new law will give all the regions in our
Under SB 965, the nine members of the
board will be selected by regions instead of congressional
districts, ensuring all areas of the state, including the panhandle,
have someone representing those citizens on the board.
probably is not a more complex public policy issue than water, and
the needs of one part of the state compared to another can be vastly
different,” said Jackson, R-Enid. “Whether you are in a rural
community or a large metropolitan area, in the panhandle, western
Oklahoma, the central part of the state, the north or in the
southeast, those differences all need to be represented and
considered when developing Oklahoma’s water policy.”
provisions of SB 965, new members representing nine regions will be
appointed as current members terms’ expire. The new law goes into
effect beginning July 1, 2014.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Marlatt: (405) 521-5626