OKLAHOMA CITY – House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols announced co-leaders of the House Republican Leadership Policy Working Groups, created to begin developing conservative policy proposals that reduce government waste and increase efficiencies in spending, enhance personal freedom and grow economic opportunities for Oklahomans.
Echols created the groups recently to develop an innovative and conservative policy agenda for implementation during the 2018 legislative session. Echols said he believes using a “co-leader” structure rather than “chair” structure will help increase collaboration among the group members.
“The hope is that co-leaders will facilitate discussion and encourage participation and ideas from the members,” said Echols, R-Oklahoma City. “There is a lot of work to do before December, so we want members to be engaged from the beginning so our time is efficient. Our goal is to develop policy ideas that innovate the way we develop and deliver government services to our citizens.”
There are seven working groups:
Agency, Board and Commission Consolidation and Efficiency:
State Rep. Josh Cockroft, R-Wanette, co-leader
State Rep. Mike Osburn R-Edmond, co-leader
Business Development, Commerce and Regulatory Environment:
State Rep. Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, co-leader
State Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee, co-leader
State Rep. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, co-leader
State Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, co-leader
State Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Tulsa, co-leader
State Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, co-leader
Education Support and Reform:
State Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, co-leader
State Rep. Michael Rogers, R-Broken Arrow, co-leader
Healthcare and Mental Health:
State Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, co-leader
State Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, co-leader
State Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, co-leader
State Rep. Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City, co-leader
Public Safety and Corrections:
State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, co-leader
State Rep. Greg Babinec, R-Cushing, co-leader
The groups are expected to complete their work by December.
The policy working groups will meet monthly and are voluntary; unlike official interim studies, participating members will not be paid per diem or reimbursed for mileage for travel to the Capitol.