Conservation Districts Praise Sub-Committee Passage of Emergency Drought PackageThu, 28 Mar 2013 08:15:36 CDT
Efforts to prepare Oklahoma for a continuing drought continued to move through the Oklahoma Legislature with the passage of House Bill 1923 by the Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Natural Resources and Regulatory services on March 27 according to Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).
“We are very pleased that the Oklahoma Legislature is continuing to move this issue through the process,” Pope said. “It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we are still in a drought and that there is a still a better than average chance that it will deepen this summer. We’re glad our legislators are continuing to work on this.”
Authored by Senator Ron Justice (R-Chickasha) and Representative Dale DeWitt (R-Braman), HB 1923 is designed to provide funding to help agriculture producers, municipalities and fire departments deal with issues surrounding water availability, soil and water conservation and fire danger, while creating a drought advisory task force. The bill will now advance to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. A companion measure, Senate Bill 996 by Senator Justice and Representative Don Armes (R-Faxon) is currently awaiting consideration in the House Budget Sub-Committee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.
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