Senate Legislation

By State Rep. Mike Sanders

This legislative session, I will be carrying Senate legislation in the House for several senators, just as there are senators who are carrying my House bills in the Senate. I am particularly proud to be sponsoring a Senate bill that will help our rural firefighters. They have been indispensable in fighting wildfires and ensuring the general safety of the Western Oklahoma communities in my district.

Senate Bill 685 instructs the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to administer the Rural Fire Coordinator Program. Under the legislation, a rural fire coordinator will work with rural fire departments to provide expertise in equipment, staffing and funding issues. The coordinator would provide technical assistance in the development of equipment, communications systems, training programs, and the administration of state and federal grant programs. The coordinator would also organize rural fire departments in periods of emergency.

Senate Bill 304 designates a creates the “President George W. Bush Bridge.” Oklahomans voted overwhelmingly for this president in the Republican primaries and general elections. I was proud to carry this bill because I have worked for both his campaign and administration. I served as a national volunteer and intern coordinator on the 2000 presidential campaign. I served as the Director of Interns at the White House from 2001 to 2004 and went on to serve as the United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Chief of Staff for Rural Development and Senior Advisor for Natural Resources and Conservation Service from 2004 to 2007.

Senate Bill 241 is a county request bill by state Sen. Cliff Branan. This legislation removes a requirement that a county-built bridge must achieve a load rating of 23 tons or greater to qualify for reimbursement from the state.

Senate Bill 738 grants the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission the authority to contract for services and employ personnel to carry out the purpose and provisions of the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Research, Marketing and Safety Act. Under the legislation, the commission can contract for the services of a director.

I am pleased to have the confidence of my Senate colleagues, who entrusted me with these bills. I expect that all four will pass in the House.

I would like to congratulate Kingfisher Middle School student Andrea Perez, who was honored at the state Capitol on Monday, April 4. She placed first in the state for the American Mothers Inc. State Essay Contest, “What My Mother Means to Me.” Her essay has now been entered into the national competition. The national winner will be announced later this month. Andrea is in the fifth grade.

As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at the Capitol at (405) 557-7407.

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