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Collinsville's Oklahoma District 11 Representative's Update From Feb. 9th
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Copyright 2007 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Feb. 9, 2007

By Rep. Earl Sears

The job has begun. As I write this, we're in the first week of the 2007 legislative session, my first as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. We've rolled up our sleeves, and now we're getting to work.

The state Capitol is indeed a busy place. Already our time has been filled by committee meetings, where we hear from state agency heads and budget leaders who present their funding requests. We also hear from other state legislators who make the case for why their bills should become law.

While some lawmakers may enter the Capitol Building for the first time and be taken aback by the hustle and bustle, I've had some preparation for this moment. As principal at Bartlesville's Central Middle School for 24 years, I know what it's like to constantly face details and meetings, more details and more meetings, and all that goes with doing the work of the people. I'm thankful for those experiences, as they have helped me make the transition to working as a state representative.

Already we are seeing important issues rise to the forefront. Education funding remains a key issue, as does making quality health care affordable for all Oklahomans. We need to make sure the tax cuts implemented in the past two years remain permanent. We must be tough on crime, but also on the causes of crime. And we cannot allow illegal immigrants to burden taxpayers.

To realize these goals, we must promote a wise fiscal policy, one that holds all areas of state government accountable. That often means reforming the system to make it more efficient and effective.

I also hope you'll join me in supporting the new 100 ideas initiative. Created by House Speaker Lance Cargill, this is a nonpartisan effort to find the most innovative and forward-thinking ideas for Oklahoma's future.

We're looking for ideas of all kinds from anyone willing to share them: ideas for education, technology, public works, you name it - ideas to help create jobs, promote health, ensure safety, preserve our heritage, and simply make Oklahoma better.

If you're interested in this effort, log on to the Web site:

Finally, if I can ever assist you, either here at the state Capitol or at home in the district, please contact me. The best ways to reach my office are by phone, (405) 557-7358, or by e-mail, Also please feel free to call me at home, (918) 336-4855.

I'll write these columns on a regular basis, to keep you up-to-date as the legislative session progresses. Together we can achieve what's best for Oklahoma.

Sears (R-Bartlesville) represents District 11 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Rep. Earl Sears
State Representative Earl Sears was at Collinsville City Hall Friday Feb. 16th to to discuss issues, concerns, and answer questions for the few residents that took advantage of the opportunity. He will return March 16, April 20th and May 18, 2007 from noon to 1:30pm. Rep. Sears indicated he has been extremely busy as the latest Oklahoma Legislative session has geared up. He also said the experience has been very rewarding as his goal is to serve the community. Sears said the house and senate each already have over 1000 bills that they are trying to work through their own side before passing over to the other. A sample of the topics discussed here Friday included: prison overcrowding, helmet law for over age 18, limits on extreme weather sports practices, pit bull restrictions, encouraging new doctors in rural areas, tax initiatives such as dropping sales tax on groceries, and many more. I won't attempt to give Rep. Sear's position (in this limited space) on those topics here, but encourage you to attend the local monthly exchange each 3rd Friday or call, email, visit Earl Sears directly. -- Ted Wright