The infamous “Bedlam” battle made its way into Altus during the 3rd installment of the Legislative Luncheons sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club on Friday afternoon in the Western Oklahoma State College dining hall.
State Representative David Braddock-D, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Senator Mike Schulz-R, an Oklahoma State University graduate, spoke to a crowd of about 50 or so city officials and concerned citizens of the community about the goings-on at the State Capitol.
Braddock touched on several items including a school voucher bill, which he deemed “inappropriate,” as it called for public tax dollars to be used for building private facilities.
He also expressed his deep concern regarding the recent passing of the immigration bill, a bill that he said, “harms the reputation of Oklahoma, because we are not perceived as business friendly.”
Before closing, Braddock said that State Representative Sally Kearn did a disservice to the state with her recent anti-gay comments that have caused an uproar across the nation.
“Are we living in 2008 or 1958? What kind of messages are we teaching to our children?” He asked.
Senator Mike Schulz discussed significant budget cuts to state school aid, and explained the increase in the governor’s budget, citing the devastation of the winter ice storms as the reason for the upsurge.
According to Schulz, the state’s department of corrections will also benefit from additional moneys, as will the budget for transportation, which hasn’t seen an increase in over 20 years.
Before closing, Schulz said that 3 bills that recently passed that many may find humorous dealt with a fireless cigarette, paddle fish eggs and Oklahomans choosing an official rock-and-roll song.