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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Speaker Makes Appointments to Long Range Capitol Planning Commission

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  • House Speaker T.W. Shannon has announced his appointments to a commission that will address Capitol repairs and the long-term management of state assets.
     
    The Long Range Capitol Planning Commission was recreated with a new mission by Shannon’s House Bill 1910, which was signed into law this year. Under the new law, the commission will be responsible for developing a pay-as-you-go plan to repair the Oklahoma State Capitol and an eight-year plan for the management of state assets.
     
    Chesapeake Oilfield Services CEO Jerry Winchester will serve a one-year term. As the chief executive of the second-largest producer of U.S. natural gas, he is a good fit for the oversight of state assets, Shannon said.
     
    Former Rep. Tad Jones, the current executive director of the Grand Lake Association, will serve a two-year term. Jones served in various leadership roles during his time in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, including the role of majority floor leader.
     
    Norman Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Woods will serve a three-year term on the commission. Prior to joining the Norman Chamber, Woods worked at the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
     
    All three appointments will be eligible for reappointment to four-year terms following the completion of their first term.
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