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Oklahoma Cattlemen's Honor Reps. Echols, Wallace, Park, Sen. Murdock for Their Legislative Efforts

Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:53:28 CDT

Oklahoma Cattlemen's Honor Reps. Echols, Wallace, Park, Sen. Murdock for Their Legislative Efforts The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) honored Representatives Jon Echols, Kevin Wallace, Scooter Park and Senator Casey Murdock and presented them with the 2018 OCA Legislative Appreciation Award during the recent OCA Convention and Trade Show.

“We are fortunate to have many friends in the Oklahoma legislature who know and value the importance of agriculture and specifically the beef cattle industry,” said Weston Givens, OCA President. “We are so excited to honor (them) with this award.”

Representative Echols serves as the Majority Floor Leader. This past session he was a strong defender of agriculture specifically on the idea to eliminate the capital gains tax deduction. Representative Wallace serves as the chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. In this role, he has been a strong advocate for agriculture. He is also co-owner of The Wilderness Refuge, a hunting reserve, and Wallahachie L.L.C., a whitetail deer and cattle breeding operation. Senator Murdock served almost two terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives before being elected to fill the open Senate seat in district 27. Murdock is owner and operator of Murdock Land and Cattle in Felt, Oklahoma.

According to Givens, Echols' leadership at the Capital this past session helped to correct for the record much of the misinformation that was being spread about capital gains deductions and producers' participation in that discussion. Givens added that Chairman Wallace consistently brings integrity, common sense and a hard work ethic to the Capital. His efforts this past year, according to Givens, ensured that the Agriculture Sales Tax Exemption remained untouched. Regarding Sen. Murdock, Givens remarked on how appreciative the organization was for the legislator's shared value of things like private property rights and common sense regulations along with a passion to share the agricultural way of life. Representative Park is also a strong defender of property rights.

Source - Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association



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