OCA's Michael Kelsey Delivers Positive Legislative Update as Session at State Capital Winds DownFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:25:37 CDT
As Oklahoma lawmakers begin to wind down this year’s Legislative Session, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays met up with Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, to find out what he continues to watch near the end of the session from the Association’s perspective representing cattle producers in the state. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Lawmakers have been in session at the State Capitol now almost six months. Kelsey says legislators are starting to get anxious to return home, especially with an election looming later this year. From what he has heard, Kelsey says legislators have set a goal of having the session adjourned by either the first or middle of May. Between now and then, Kelsey is watching closely to ensure a few issues that pertain to cattle producers go through unhindered as they seem to be currently.
“What we’re watching now is the budget, which is due to be released. We understand the budget is pretty much done behind closed doors, if you will. So, we’re probably going to get to see it Monday or Tuesday and from what we understand there’s some pretty good agreement on that which means it will move pretty quick if that’s the case,” he reported. “In the meantime, there’s still a few things that we’re following up on.”
The big one he says is a property rights issue that deals specifically with flying drones over private property. This bill would prohibit that, with exception given to law enforcement officials, utility personnel, etc. Kelsey believes that bill will be passed through without issue by next week. Another issue pertaining to industrial hemp as a feed source for livestock is also expected to be signed into law by the Governor, which is currently awaiting her signature on her desk. Kelsey says there is no indication the Governor will find cause not to sign it.
Click or tap the LISTEN BAR below to hear Kelsey comment on the status of the wind issue in Oklahoma as well, which he says is likely to pass through soon having recently found bipartisan support.
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