The Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club award is for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2017 legislative session.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Ben Loring recently was honored with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club award for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2017 legislative session.
“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is thankful to have excellent representation as we continue to fight for our members at the state Capitol,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We applaud these lawmakers for their efforts to protect agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”
Legislators were scored on three measures including SB147, SB326 and SB593. Authored by Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz and Rep. Casey Murdock, SB147 allows municipalities to waive the three-mile setback for concentrated animal feeding operations. SB 326 by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. John Pfeiffer prohibits the importation and possession of exotic swine in Oklahoma. Legislators too were scored on SB 593, which encourages wind energy development by removing a loophole allowing individuals to register for construction of a private airport to prevent the development of wind turbines.
Members of the House of Representatives also were scored on HB 1374, a bill allowing municipalities to increase ad valorem taxes to fund public safety districts, upon voter approval. Although it included an exemption for agriculture land, OKFB opposed the bill as defenders of low ad valorem taxes in Oklahoma. Senators were not scored on the bill, as it did not receive a floor vote.
Other senators with a 100-percent voting record with OKFB include Mark Allen, Randy Bass, Stephanie Bice, Larry Boggs, Josh Brecheen, Bill Brown, Julie Daniels, Kim David, Tom Dugger, Eddie Fields, Kay Floyd, Jack Fry, AJ Griffin, David Holt, Darcy Jech, Chris Kidd, James Leewright, Bryce Marlatt, Kevin Matthews, Greg McCortney, Dan Newberry, Lonnie Paxton, Roland Pederson, Anastasia Pittman, Adam Pugh, Dave Rader, Mike Schulz, Wayne Shaw, Ron Sharp, Frank Simpson, Jason Smalley, John Sparks, Rob Standridge, Gary Stanislawski, Anthony Sykes, Roger Thompson and Greg Treat.
Representative receiving the award include Greg Babinec, Rhonda Baker, Scott Biggs, Kevin Calvey, Dennis Casey, Bobby Cleveland, Josh Cockroft, Jeff Coody, Tim Downing, Travis Dunlap, Jon Echols, George Faught, Scott Fetgatter, Avery Frix, Tom Gann, Kyle Hilbert, Justin Humphrey, Dell Kerbs, Jason Lowe, Kevin McDugle, Lewis Moore, Casey Murdock, Jason Murphey, Carl Newton, Terry O’Donnell, Charles Ortega, Scooter Park, John Pfeiffer, Mike Ritze, Sean Roberts, Michael Rogers, Todd Russ, Mike Sanders, Earl Sears, Chuck Strohm, Tess Teague, Steve Vaughan, Kevin Wallace, Josh West, Rick West, Rande Worthen, and Harold Wright.