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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014

Sen. Randy Bass
Sen. Randy Bass

Statement from Senator Randy Bass

State Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, issued the following statement on Friday regarding the recent decision by Senate Democrats to name him as their Leader-elect.

“The issue of the horizontal drilling tax is an overriding one this session, especially considering the budget constraints we’re facing. We realize there’s a great deal at stake for everyone at the table, and discussions are ongoing.

“We understand the vital role the energy industry has played in Oklahoma’s past—a role it will continue to play in the future. At the same time, we also understand the serious needs facing our state, particularly in education.

“As a caucus, we had agreed to let those discussions unfold before staking out a definitive position. When that didn’t happen, there was a decision that we needed to go in a different direction to move the caucus forward.

“I appreciate the support of my fellow Senate Democrats, and I look forward to the challenges ahead as we work to address the needs of our citizens and the great state of Oklahoma.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Bass: (405) 521-5567

Inon: Horizontal Blue Band

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