By:  District 33 Representative John Talley

(OKC, OK)  The House continued its committee meetings this week to hear and vote on bills passed by the Senate. I serve as the House author of several Senate bills, one of which I presented on Monday.

I passed Senate Bill 451 through the Appropriations and Budget Non-Appropriated Agencies Subcommittee. SB451 is a bill I’m carrying in the House for Senator Tom Dugger, who represents Stillwater and the rest of Payne County in the state Senate.

SB451 removes the cap on the State Fire Marshal Revolving Fund. This change is necessary because the Office of the State Fire Marshal is slowly transitioning into a non-appropriated agency, so they will no longer receive state dollars. Non-appropriated agencies will need to weather changes in their revenue and expenses from year to year, which is why it’s important to remove the cap on their fund. I was proud to partner with Sen. Dugger on this bill so we can get things done for the people of Payne County together.

I spent last Friday visiting with the community of District 33. In the morning, I appeared on KUSH radio to discuss the latest news from the Capitol. I later toured the Quapaw rock quarry outside of Drumright to better understand how the aggregate industry operates and its important role in Oklahoma. Many companies in Cushing and the surrounding area haul rock from this quarry for their customers. Tommy Kiser, the son of the original quarry owner, gave the tour and was very helpful in answering my questions.

That afternoon, I stopped in to visit the fourth grade class at Cushing Upper Elementary. Their teacher, Mrs. Britt Munday, does a wonderful job educating these children and I always enjoy visiting them every month!

I also toured EnLink’s Battle Ridge gas processing plant in Cushing, along with Plant Foreman Tyler Finch and Director of Operations Clifton Sublett. Last month, I toured the Enbridge Tank Farm with Brent Rush. These tours are incredibly interesting and informative, and I always learn so much about how these companies and others like them contribute to Oklahoma’s economy.

I had the privilege of attending a Legislative Luncheon with Sen. Dugger, where we gave an update on what’s happening at the Capitol and answered questions from attendees. At the luncheon, I also presented Lauren Mills with the first Unsung Hero Award. This award was inspired by my friend, Alton Carter, and seeks to bring recognition to people in the District 33 community who work behind-the-scenes to serve others without asking for recognition themselves.

Lauren left a promising job to return to her family’s construction business in Cushing so her grandmother could retire. She works hard to support her uncles as they lead the company by providing them with critical information necessary to make important decisions. Through her role, Lauren enables the company to continue to serve the area of Cushing and supports Cushing’s position as a hub for North American oil. Her outstanding character and unwavering commitment to her family and community deserves to be recognized!

If you know of someone in your town who deserves the Unsung Hero Award, please let us know! It’s an honor to recognize these people who are so dedicated to making the communities in District 33 great places to live and work.

As always, I encourage you to contact my office with questions, comments or concerns. As your State Representative, it’s my duty to represent your voices and opinions at the Capitol. You can reach me (405) 557-7304 or [email protected].

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