Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Open Door Policy - July 28, 2009

It has been a busy week as I have been traveling quite a bit around the district and to the office for meetings. I have also been preparing to host a group of political leaders from El Salvador through the American Council of Young Political Leaders. They will visit Oklahoma August 2 - 6 and I will be their state host and escort. I will be taking them on Tuesday, August 4 to the Chickasha School Foundation lunch fundraiser and then for a tour of the wind farm by Apache and also over to Elgin Public Schools for a discussion on public school funding in Oklahoma. I will also take them for various visits to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Stillwater for briefings on education, public safety and fire protection.
I had the pleasure of touring Silver Line Plastics in Lawton. I viewed how they produce much of their irrigation pipe and the amazing amount that is shipped all over the world. I also had the opportunity to visit Built Better Enterprises in Fletcher and see how they are manufacturing HosWel truck beds, a product used by farmers and fire departments to meet their needs. Jerry and Jogay Renshaw of Elgin have been developing this company and have a great future ahead with this new business in our area. I also attended the Sterling Rodeo this past weekend and am looking forward to the Cyril Rodeo this upcoming weekend, as well as the 4-H Centennial Honor Night Assembly in Stillwater.
I had the opportunity to attend the OK Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment on Monday. I appreciate Jane Mitchell from Success by 6 in Lawton for inviting me to participate. It was a great discussion on the successes and failures we have seen in children's policy and opportunities to build upon the programs which have worked. I expect a great public-private partnership to build from this program and Pat Potts, a community leader in Oklahoma City, had much to do with this effort.
I also visited with DJ Wolfe, the standout OU football player and graduate from Lawton Eisenhower. He is working with a company to install energy efficient equipment in buildings and vehicles. He has been a great assistance to me in understanding a segment of this industry and I will be filing legislation this next session to apply the efficiency credits to home builders that are currently given to home owners. This should increase the amount of efficiency included in new homes and save the purchaser the hassle of additional equipment after the completion. It will also allow them to factor this cost into the paperwork during the purchase and save the homeowner the hassle of applying for the credit.
Finally, I want to extend congratulations to Deacon Vice of Apache for being accepted into the OSU Medical Program and also I want to wish my niece, Samantha Sessums, a happy 23rd birthday. I'm proud of both of you.
It is an honor to represent your views at the State Capitol. If you wish to contact me and discuss one of these or another issue, I can be reached at my office in Oklahoma City toll-free at 1-800-522-8502, or directly at 1-405-557-7305. My e-mail address is at work. My mailing address is PO Box 559, Rush Springs, OK 73082 and my website is on the Internet. Thank you for taking time to read this column and I look forward to seeing you soon.

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