WASHINGTON DC – In the 2015 Ratings of Oklahoma, lawmakers continued to enact conservative reforms that support both individuals and families. “The Sooner State could be held as a model for other states seeking to enact conservative reforms on education and legislation to support strong families,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “We were glad to see that school choice was expanded and that population requirements on charter schools were lifted. Now families can send their children to the very best performing schools no matter what district they live in.” Additionally, Oklahoma passed several Pro-Life reforms that protect the unborn, supporting our belief that abortion is a human tragedy.
Elected officials also sent a strong message to unions by passing legislation prohibiting the automatic deduction of union dues from state employee paychecks. “Liberal union bosses were reminded in Oklahoma that they are not a collection agency and they do not have a vice-grip on the state workforce,” said Schlapp. Unfortunately, some legislators voted to favor programs that lead to cronyism such as SB 71, Cash for Chicken Egg Producers. “The handing out of hard-earned taxpayer dollars to government favored businesses is simply wrong. In order for free markets to flourish, these sweetheart deals must end,” Schlapp stated.
ACU announced today the results of our ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Like our Congressional ratings, ACU’s State Ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Oklahoma legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in our U.S. Constitution.
Rep. Mike Sanders of Kingfisher was selected as one the Oklahoma Lawmakers to receive this honor.
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles. We select bills that focus on former President Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the “three-legged stool”: 1) economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. The range of issues selected have been specifically designed to convey to voters the most accurate assessment of Oklahoma’s elected officials who can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property.
"I am incredibly humbled to have received this honor from the ACUF. I have championed measures for individual freedoms, the unborn, free-market ideas and for property rights,” Representative Sanders states. “To have been recognized in the likes and legacy of former President Ronald Reagan means a great deal to me and I cannot thank the ACUF enough for this.”
“The ACU’s ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Representative Sanders is receiving our Award for Conservative Achievement because of his strong, consistent record of voting in support of ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution. The range of issues selected have been specifically designed to convey to voters the most accurate assessment of Oklahoma’s elected officials who can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property. I have worked with Mike and know him to be a dedicated conservative champion,” said Schlapp.
Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the Oklahoma Legislature will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles. As Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally.”
To view our Oklahoma ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2015/ and click on Oklahoma.