Eastern Oklahoma Lawmakers to Offer Bill Calling for Vote for And Out of State Water SaleTue, 17 Jan 2012 18:04:19 CST
State Sen. Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) and state Rep. Eric Proctor (D-Tulsa) are authoring "The People's Water Act," which would give the people of Oklahoma the ultimate say in any water deals made with other states.
Currently the Legislature must approve all water agreements with other states but the proposed law would also mandate that the final decision be made by the people of Oklahoma.
"Oklahoma's water policy decisions should rest with our state's people. This choice should be made by Oklahomans, not by any federal court and definitely not by the State of Texas," Proctor said. "Far too often politicians look to the next election rather than to the next generation. This bill would take the power from special-interest groups and high-paid lobbyists and give the final decision to the people of Oklahoma."
Ellis is longtime defender of Oklahoma water rights and will champion the bill in the state Senate.
"The decision will impact every generation of Oklahomans who follows after us. The water belongs to the people of Oklahoma, not to any high-paid corporate lobbyist or to any Legislature," Ellis said. "The future of Oklahoma water should not be bargained away in backroom meetings between politicians and Texans or in midnight sessions of the Legislature."
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