As we near the 2013 legislative session, I am starting my weekly column again in an attempt to keep my district informed about the issues we are dealing with at the Oklahoma State Capitol. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue my service for my district after a very successful campaign season. The overwhelming support was humbling and I enjoyed spending so much time with the people all across the district. I pray every day that I remain worthy of the support given.
There is much that needs to be done. Just in these few weeks since the election, my days have been filled with meetings and phone calls in preparation for the 2013 session. We are extremely blessed in Oklahoma, but there is always work to do. We have many things state lawmakers must address this year if we want to continue moving Oklahoma in a positive direction. There are major issues that we must make critical, important decisions on.
Our workers’ compensation system will be one issue at the forefront of our discussions as we seek to simplify the system and save Oklahoma businesses millions of dollars. Making sure that our state is protected from onerous and overreaching federal regulations will also be a focus. Our state’s rights cannot be jeopardized; Oklahoma’s problems need Oklahoma answers. Many of us will also fight for more local control over our education system instead of the one-size-fits-all approach that has been forced on them. Our parents, teachers, and administrators know best what our students need. In those cases, where education mandates are helpful, we must completely fund them at the state level instead of passing the bill to our local districts. As always, our commitment to public safety and transportation will only strengthen as we will continue to fund core services of government.
I will be rolling out my legislative agenda in the near future with a large list of issues and bills that I will be tackling this year. Each of these will soon be available online at www.okhouse.gov for your viewing ease.
Once again, I am here for the people of my district. I am in a position of service and want to help in any way that I can. Please never hesitate to contact me at (405) 788-9160 or Josh.Cockroft@okhouse.gov. Follow me on Twitter: @VoteCockroft27 and on Facebook: Representative Josh Cockroft.
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