OCA's Michael Kelsey Talks Legislative Priorities for Cattlemen- and Offers a State Question 777 UpdateMon, 11 Apr 2016 05:43:12 CDT
Oklahoma Cattlemen are promoting three bills at the Oklahoma State Capitol as the 2016 legislative session continues. According to OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey, the top priority for the organization this session has been and continues to be the Cattle Theft bill, HB 2504. This measure has passed the house and is awaiting action on the Senate floor, probably in the next two weeks. OCA is also very interested in the Prescribed Burn proposal, HB 2646, which continues to be worked on with several amendments having been offered as this bill works its way through the legislative process, with both the Senate and House versions of this legislation still alive.
OCA and several other Ag Groups are also supporting HB 2446, which would define water issues as a compelling state interest for Oklahoma. This measure is proposed to allay the fears of those who believe that State Question 777, if approved this coming November by a vote of the people, would keep the state legislature from being able to deal with future rules for water in the state, as they might pertain to Oklahoma agriculture. Kelsey says OCA fully agrees that water should be a compelling state interest- and is hopeful that this measure, once passed, will remove one of the most prominent objections being raised by opponents of the Right to Farm Constitutional Amendment.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Michael Kelsey about these measures as he caught up with Kelsey at the annual TSCRA meeting in Ft. Worth over the weekend. Kelsey also providced an update on the efforts by ag groups in the state to raise funds to call for a yes vote on State Question 777- and the plans being made to ramp up the campaign for a Yes vote in the not too distant future.
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