Press Releases

Showing: December, 2002

Statement by Senator Cal Hobson,
Senate President Pro Tempore Designate

"Unfortunately, the latest estimate confirms what we suspected. It is going to be difficult to weather the revenue losses of this fiscal year and it's not going to get much better in the next fiscal year. There are some encouraging signs in the revenue estimate for next fiscal year, but those indicators certainly do not diminish the budget challenge that we are facing.

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Statement by Gov-elect Brad Henry

"Given the declining revenue reports that Oklahoma has experienced in recent months, we knew that there were going to be difficult decisions ahead. I wish we were facing a brighter revenue outlook, but we are not and we will have to deal with the budget reality in front of us.

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-Williamson asks Gov. Elect Henry to fulfill campaign pledge-

Oklahoma City – Members of the Senate Republican Caucus leadership team today announced a portion of their 2003 legislative agenda with a show of support for Gov. Elect Henry's campaign pledge for Zero-based budgeting.

During the 2001 legislative session H.B. 1823, which required the legislature to implement zero-based budgeting passed through the House of Representatives, but subsequently died on the floor of the State Senate.

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Statement by Senator Cal Hobson,
Senate President Pro Tempore Designate

"I haven't had an opportunity to review the specifics of their budget proposal, but I do look forward to discussing it with them in the days to come.

"I appreciate their willingness to work together in a bipartisan manner to address the many revenue challenges that confront our state. It is important for state policy makers to explore creative solutions to help Oklahoma weather the latest budget crisis.

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"The idea of zero-based budgeting isn't new. The Republican members of the Senate tried to do this last session, but there simply wasn't enough support from the other side of the aisle. What's different this year is that our incoming Governor favored the idea during his campaign; we're hopeful that support will continue in the session."

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Senate Art Now On The Internet

People all over the world can now see the original artwork that's been commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund Inc. That's according to State Senator and Historical Fund President Charles Ford who announced the works, descriptions of the paintings and information about the artists can now be viewed on the Oklahoma State Senate website.

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(Oklahoma City) Incoming State Senate President Pro Tempore Cal Hobson announced Senate committee assignments Monday.

"The committee assignments are based on each member's individual expertise and ability to contribute, not political affiliation or ideology. Oklahoma will face many challenges in the months to come and it's important that we address those issues in a bipartisan manner," said Sen. Hobson (D-Lexington).

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Senator Frank Shurden announced plans to introduce legislation making cockfighting legal in the counties that voted against a state question banning the sport. The measure would also give every county the option of making cockfighting legal or illegal.

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(Oklahoma City) Governor-elect Brad Henry has selected two longtime public servants and a financial officer from the private sector to help lead his gubernatorial administration.

Gerald Adams, a veteran staffer for three Oklahoma attorneys general, will serve as the new governor's chief of staff. Tom Spencer, the chief of staff for the state treasurer's office and a former assistant state attorney general, will act as general counsel in the new administration. Scott Meacham, an Elk City banker, will serve as director of the Office of State Finance.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Senator Jeff Rabon is urging the head of the Department of Human Services and commission members not to cut a program that provides hot meals to tens of thousands of elderly Oklahomans.

Senator Rabon said the commission could vote to eliminate all funding to the Community Expansion for Nutritional Assistance Program during tomorrow's Human Services Commission meeting.

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