Sanders Bills to Benefit District, State

OKLAHOMA CITY –With less than a month left before session kicks off, state Rep. Mike Sanders has filed a bill giving tax credits to a non-profit organization, one protecting the rights of land owners, and two dealing with our roads and bridges.

Sanders has filed four bills that will help District #59 and all of Oklahoma.

House Bill 1473 helps landowners who use their property for agriculture by exempting them from certain municipal ordinances.

Currently, parcels of five acres or more used after July 1, 2003 for agriculture use are exempt from municipal ordinances. Sanders’ legislation will allow any landowner with 10 acres or more used for agriculture to be exempt.

“This just helps to lift some burdens on our farmers by releasing them from ordinances and permits that aren’t helping anyone,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher.

Another bill gives tax help to a nationwide non-profit agency. House Bill 1471 provides a sales tax exemption to the American Legion branches in Oklahoma.

County commissioners may be relieved if House Bill 1472 gets passed. The bill would increase the threshold for reimbursement for county bridge repairs from $200,000 to $400,000.

“Currently, if a commissioner gets a road crew together to fix a bridge problem and it goes over $200,000 by even one dollar, they are required to get an outside engineering firm to come in and other manpower to fix the problem, raising the out-of-pocket expense on the county tremendously,” said Sanders. “In this economic crisis, we need to do whatever we can to lend a helping hand to our counties.”

Another bill to help counties and Oklahoma drivers would increase the reward for the arrest and conviction, or for evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of any person stealing or defacing county road signs or any other county property. Currently, the reward for this information does not exceed $100 but if House Bill 1470 becomes law it would allow counties to pay up to $1,000 in reward money at their discretion.

“I could not have asked for a better freshman year to serve as representative. We are on the road to accomplish many things that will help this state and improve life for all Oklahoma families and for this state as a whole.”
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Mike Announces Candidacy

Mike Sanders Announces for State Representative

Citing his experience in public service, Mike Sanders announced Monday his candidacy for state representative in House District 59.

“I have a passion to serve and a desire to make a difference for western Oklahoma. This is my home and where I was raised, and I very much enjoy serving my friends and neighbors. I am a committed conservative, a man of faith and have demonstrated responsibility and character throughout my career.”

“I am known as a hard-worker and I know that I can make a difference for our communities if I am elected,” Sanders said.

Sanders says he will work to reduce income taxes, support traditional family values, strengthen schools with higher standards, reform the workers compensation system and make roads and highways a priority. He is also committed to working towards a successful future for rural communities. “I am a fierce advocate for western Oklahoma, our heritage and our way of life,” he says.

Sanders had opportunities early in life to make a difference. He demonstrated leadership skills and proved that he is capable and responsible.

At a young age, he worked on President George W. Bush’s campaign. After demonstrating leadership and integrity, Sanders was charged with taking over as the Director of Interns for the Bush White House. In that time, he oversaw more than 1000 interns. He instituted new codes of conduct and new policies that returned stature to the program.

Sanders’ success led to more responsibility and more ability to make a difference for western Oklahoma. He was appointed by the President to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He coordinated and consulted with the agency’s 47 state directors and served as an official spokesman and as liaison between the under secretary and various offices within the USDA.

Sanders then became the Senior Advisor to the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service where he continued his work for rural Oklahoma.

Sanders was instrumental in helping to rebuild the 89er Theatre in Kingfisher. Not only did he usher the process through to completion on the ground, but he also was actively involved in bringing federal funding to the project.

Sanders is involved in the community through the Knights of Columbus #3113, Kingfisher Elks Lodge, and the NRA. He is also a lifetime member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and has served in many leadership positions with the Kingfisher County Republican Party, including serving as Chairman from 1999-2001.

Sanders also had the honor of serving on the Council for Small Business for Governor Frank Keating and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin from 1999-2003.

Sanders graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1993, and from Oklahoma Christian University in 1997 with a degree in History and Pre-Law. He currently works for the family business, Sanders Funeral Service and attends Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Sanders is engaged to be married to Nellie Tayloe Ross. They will be married in May.
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