Oklahoma Legislature - State Senator, District 36
|Term limited year||2018|
|Highest degree attained||Bachelor's degree|
|Office phone||(405) 521-5602|
|Noteworthy: Chair, Retirement and Insurance.|
What do you hope to accomplish in the 2018 session?
I’ve got several pieces of legislation to run next year. There’s a lot of work we’re doing in the insurance industry. I would like to see changes made to the way we do things in transportation. I would like to see them work jobs on a 24-hour basis to get it done. When Webbers Falls’ 1-40 bridge crashed, they did that on an eight-month contract, but the crew worked 24 hours a day and got it done in two months. We need to be more efficient in the way we do things.
What do you hope the Legislature will accomplish?
I would like to see us work as a caucus to get our house in order in the way we govern. I was real frustrated this year with the things that happened. The item for raising a dollar fee for cigarette (sales), I told them then it was unconstitutional and it would be overturned by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and we did it anyway. Just a lot of frustration. We have just got to get our act together. Education is a very, very important item, and yet we have funded education every year without giving them cuts. And yet, we get beat up by education. We hear that all of the time and that frustrates me more than anything. We’ve done everything we can to hold education harmless and cut all the agencies over 25 percent over the last several years, but yet they still beat us up and want more and that frustrates me. But the budget is the elephant in the room every year for the last three or four years, and it sucks the air out of the room. I would really like us to do more reform with the Department of Corrections. When we have a population of women that’s larger than any state in the union per capita, we’ve got a problem.
What should people know about you?
I honor the title and the job of being a senator, but I don’t take the name seriously. My name is Bill Brown, and I came into the office wanting to make a difference, and the position has never changed me in the way I treat people and the way I do things. And that doesn’t happen to everybody, but I want people to know that’s who I am. And I will leave proud of the fact that I kept that stance the 12 years I was out here.
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