|Senate Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley|
|March 9, 2012 --
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The state received good economic news this week when State Treasurer Ken Miller released the February gross receipts report. The report announces that Oklahoma is celebrating its second anniversary of revenue growth out of the Great Recession. All major sources of revenue for the past 12 months were higher than the previous 12 month period, with state income tax proving to be the strongest performer, up more than 14 percent over the period. Other areas were up by less than 10 percent. Miller said total revenue collections, a reflection of the performance of Oklahomas economy, continue to show robust growth.
The Senate this week approved a measure to help military veterans find work after they have served our country. Senate Bill 1863 would authorize Oklahoma institutions of higher education and the career and technology centers to utilize the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education (ACE) to help retired military personnel.
The guide would be used to compare and apply academic credit for education, training and experience received through military duty or service, which is applicable to the area of study of an honorably discharged military service member within three years of leaving military service. The bill will help military personnel be able to qualify for more jobs if they have the equivalent training or education required.
I was pleased the Senate this week approved a number of my proposals, including a bill to improve fiscal accountability in the budgeting process. Senate Bill 1451 requires an appropriation-level analysis to be included in each state agencys strategic plan for its operations.
Senate Bill 1401 requires nursing facilities and specialized facilities without emergency power generators to provide a written disclosure to any resident or residents caregiver stating the facility does not have an emergency power generator.
Senate Bill 1320 dedicates three sections of highway to fallen servicemen Sergeant Schuyler B. Patch, Specialist Andrew R. Looney and Specialist Christopher D. Horton.
Please feel free to contact me at the state Capitol by calling (405) 521-5566 or by email at email@example.com.
Oklahoma State Senate District 34
Senator Rick Brinkley
Vice Chair, finance
State Capitol: (405) 521-5566
|Collinsville Health Coalition Meeting (March 26th)|
It is time for another Collinsville Health Coalition meeting. We will be meeting at Collinsville City Hall on March 26, 2012 at 4PM. I hope you can make it, as we will be discussing new ideas and how we can get them up and running.
Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
|The previous meeting of the Collinsville Health Coalition (led by Ronnie Neal) was held Jan. 31, 2012. Everyone is welcome to attend and make their suggestions for improving the health of our community. Community gardens was just one of the many topics at that meeting. -- Ted Wright|
|"Citizenship" Character Winners -- (These are our ECC character winners for February. -- Diertra Harris) 3/14/2012|
|Honors Band To State Competition|
|The Middle School Honors band was headed to Bartlesville today (March 14, 2012) for their OSSAA State Contest at Bartlesville.|
|Portions of Connie
Collis report on the 3/13/2012 band booster's meet:
--The Boosters raised $3,113 at the Spaghetti Dinner in February. Thank you to all the students and parents who worked and to all the parents, family and friends who came out and ate and purchased auction items!
--Winter Guard has done a wonderful job so far this year at their contests. There last contest they were put in 6A competition against schools like Jenks HS and they came in 4th! Congratulations to the girls and boys who make up Winter Guard! Their next contest is in Pryor on the 24th and State is on the 30th at ORU. ALSO!!!!!! Big THANK YOU to WG Mom Michelle Cross for being so involved with the kids, volunteering to be there at every contest and sending pictures to Ted Wright who so graciously puts us on his website!
--The Solo Ensemble Contest was in Skiatook and the kids that went did very well. Many of them getting 1's! Mitchell Reynolds performed two solos and received 1's on each. We also had two students qualify for State! Way to go Emily Fuller and Micaela Rush!!
--The Middle School Honor Band made 1's at Pryor, which is a Pre-District Contest. They are in State Competition today and we are excited for them to bring home 1's again.
--The next Jazz band competition is on March 30th at TCC.
--The High School Band State Competition will be on April 10 in Jenks.
--The Band Boosters voted to purchase the following items for the Collinsville Crimson Cadets to help with Marching Band next year: Sound equipment: $5,500; Racks to hold keyboards: $1,500. The following will also be purchased: Repairs to Brass: $3,500 and awards for end of year: $1,000.
-- The Band Boosters are now taking nominations for board positions. President, Vice President, Secretary/PR, Treasurer