Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2019
Sen. Rob Standridge
‘Oklahoma First!’ legislation
The full Senate has given approval to a bill aimed
at ensuring more state contracts are awarded to Oklahoma businesses.
Sen. Rob Standridge is the principal author of Senate Bill 376,
the Oklahoma First Act.
Standridge said the exact mechanisms are still being honed as the
bill moves through the legislative process, but noted the concept
is a simple one.
“This truly is about putting Oklahoma First when awarding
these contracts. Our focus should be on building wealth and jobs
for Oklahomans—not Texans or Floridians,” said Standridge,
R-Norman. “As Transportation Chair, I believe this is an achievable
goal, and one that will provide both short and long-term benefits
for our entire state.”
Standridge said he was working on a point system that would help
promote greater use of Oklahoma companies in awarding state or county
highway system contracts, with exceptions for projects in which
federal funding precludes preferences.
“I was at a meeting this week and was told about a contract
with a university in Texas to do engineering research for our state,”
Standridge said. “Can you imagine Texas using OU or OSU to
do their research? We should be directing those dollars to our universities.
Yet I’ve been told in the last four years alone over 50 percent
of our engineering contracts have gone out of state and that it
may have been as high as 80 percent. I know we have companies and
universities right here in our state who can deliver top-notch results.
It’s time to put Oklahoma First!”
SB 376 now moves to the House of Representatives.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Standridge: (405) 521-5535