One of the hardest things to do during session is to maintain constituent contact. During session, which runs from February to May, I have to be here in Oklahoma City from Monday to Thursday each week. It is difficult to continue to get input from those in my area that I represent during this time. That is why I make it a priority to get back to the district as many times as possible.
This past week I ran a resolution proclaiming May as Senior Citizen's month. This was as a result of conversation with a constituent that wanted to honor this group of citizens. As we talked about the possibilities, the result was the resolution that was passed by the House on May 4 th .
The resolution honored this group of people for their dedication, hard work, and irreplaceable contribution to our state and nation. We are able to live and work in comfort thanks to this generation that made unfathomable sacrifices for others.
Earlier in the session there was a problem with funding for the Senior Nutrition Centers. Fortunately, enough money was allocated to allow them to continue to function with no reduction in service until the end of the fiscal year. I will be asking for an interim study to make sure that next year each center has enough stable funding to continue through the year without these problems.
I also spent time this weekend at the monthly Eggs and Issues sponsored by the Guymon Chamber of Commerce. Next week I will be at the Woodward Eggs and Issues to hear from constituents in that area of my district. I feel it is imperative to get feedback from area people on pending legislation. Normally I would have been on the radio, but the Pioneer Days activities interrupted that and I will be on later in the month.
This week I participated in several events at the Pioneer Day activities. The Speaker of the House, Todd Hiett also made some events. He had an opportunity to be onstage with President Bush at the OSU graduation, but instead chose to drive out to the panhandle area. He is also the first statewide candidate to make it to Cimarron County this year.
A couple of weeks ago I also participated in the World's Cow Chip Throwing Contest in Beaver. In fact, CBS did a documentary of the event and included my comments on their weekly national TV show. It was a great promotional piece for our area in general. OETA also did a promotional piece on Guymon that I was also in. This production dealt with promoting Pioneer Days in Texas County . The more exposure that we get for our area the better it is for economic development.
I am also sending out questionnaires to a sampling of people in this district about how they feel the state surplus funds should be spent. I am unable to send it to every constituent, however. The letter asks how you think the $800 million surplus should be spent. Are your priorities for tax relief, education, public safety & transportation, or for health care& state employee pay raise? If you don't get a letter and would like to respond, please contact me at the Capitol at 405-557-7384
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