Home of the Brave

By Rep. Mike Sanders

The families who are still mourning those who died in the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and on Flight 93 finally got the closure and justice they deserved when a Navy Seals team killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last week.

The War on Terror has been a particularly brutal war for our troops. I know that many of these men and women who are serving today joined the military because of the September 11 attacks. The bravery and patriotism underscored by such a choice cannot be overstated. Their sacrifices help prevent another terrorist attack from occurring. I felt great joy for both the success for our military and our intelligence organizations in their contributions to this operation.

I pray that the U.S. will not slow down in its efforts to squash al-Quaeda and other terrorist groups. With a gaping federal deficit, there must be pressure to draw down and cut military spending. I think that we should instead capitalize on this important blow to the terrorist network and do our best to get rid of a these terrorists who are still a strong threat to our national security.

On the state front, I would like highlight the House passage of a bill that is meant to address domestic terrorism. Senate Bill 285 makes it a felony to willfully and knowingly enter a restricted area where state officials are being provided protection by the Department of Public Safety. The legislation specifically mentions the Governor’s Mansion and lays down strict penalties in situations involving a dangerous weapon or that result in bodily harm. A smaller penalty would be reserved for those who break the rules but with a lesser ability to cause harm.

House lawmakers also sent legislation to Gov. Mary Fallin that will require administrators of assisted living, residential care, and adult day care facilities to be licensed or certified by the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators. The legislation has no fiscal impact, but will go a long way to help protect our more vulnerable citizens.

Finally, congratulations are in order to Melvin Bollenbach on his reappointment to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission. Bollenbach will serve another six-year term if the Oklahoma Senate confirms his appointment. He is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and owns a ranch in Kingfisher. He previously served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1969. I would also like to congratulate Leedey Lady Bison for winning the Class A slow pitch softball state championship. My hat goes off to coach Cory Wilson and the entire team for a wonderful season. I look forward to having yet another state championship team from House District 59 at the state Capitol next year so we can honor them on the House floor.

This week was National Teacher Appreciation and I would like to thank the teachers in House District 59 for their excellent work. As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at the Capitol at (405) 557-7407.

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