Dear House District 78 Neighbor,
It is an honor to serve you in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 78. During the interim (June - December) we work on bills for the upcoming 2014 session, so this is an excellent time to bring forth your thoughts and concerns. Your input is important for me as I work hard for you and your families to protect and enhance the quality of life in our midtown Tulsa district. You can best reach me through my House email at email@example.com or office phone 1- (800) 522-8502. My legislative liaison, Kandi Hoehner, is in touch with me daily and an excellent resource.
A final 2013 Session Overview is available at: www.okhouse.gov - publications.
We are just finishing our Interim Studies. These are studies conducted before committees where approved subjects/concerns are presented and reviewed with an eye towards legislative action. I've attached a link so you can review the topics we covered over the past few months. http://www.okhouse.gov/Committees/ShowInterimStudies.aspx
The issues below may come before the legislature in 2014. I greatly value your opinion, and it will help me to determine your feelings about bills that will impact you. You can respond electronically through my House email or send your comments to me: Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, State Capitol, 2300 North Lincoln Boulevard, Room 508, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.
Things to consider…..
If you have opinions – please let me know what you think on these issues or others.
Would you support a program that helps small businesses buy insurance for their employees for coverage of the uninsured workers and families in Oklahoma?
What ideas do you have regarding increasing security at our schools?
What are your thoughts on education funding? Parents and teachers are concerned about the future of public education in our state and whether highly qualified college graduates will enter into the critical role of becoming an educator.
Would you support legislation granting cities and towns the authority to regulate the use of tobacco in public places?
Would you support legislation that gives municipalities more authority to require property owners to maintain their properties?
Would you support further reduction of income tax rates? (2015 will be reduced from 5.25% to 5%)
Do you believe we should review the Oklahoma sentencing laws? (Oklahoma ranks 1st in women and 4th in male incarceration rates in the U.S.)
Do you believe our process for judicial selection in Oklahoma needs to be changed or is best positioned to be the checks and balance for the legislative and executive branch of our state government?
Do you support changing the government retirement/pension plans from defined benefits to defined contributions?
Oklahoma public schools have been targeted with reforms that grade schools with a “letter grade” and focus on standardized tests for graduation and passing from one grade to the next grade (in the case of 3rd grade reading). Your thoughts on education reform?
Jeannie McDaniel receives a 2013 Gracias Award