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LT GOVERNOR TODD LAMB VISITS GRANT COUNTY OFFICIALS
By Rich Donaldson, EA Grant County Commissioners

Medford, OK - LT Governor Todd Lamb, visiting the North Central Oklahoma area, stopped by the Grant County Courthouse to visit with Elected Officials and Deputies during the September 22, 2014 scheduled Board of County Commissioners Meeting.

Lt. Gov. Lamb has been visiting counties within the North Central area.  His intent for these visits is to get a personal, one on one forum, listening to County leaders and their concerns for the welfare of their constituents and the Counties they serve.

Grant County Officials posed questions on a wide variety of topics.  Questions raised dealt with Workers Compensation Reform, Unemployment claims, State encroachment on funding for rural infrastructure projects, decrease in monies allocated for the running of county offices already operating on lean budgets, decreased revenue from the oil and gas industry leading to less monies for schools, and education projects, concern for an increase in recent earthquakes, use of $10M of Road/Bridge construction funding to relieve shortfalls in the state budget and a question regarding the creation of a more equitable apportionment of monies for rural county bridges and roads, as most rural areas have more road miles and bridges but urban areas receive more money because of population. 

Lamb responded to each question asked, taking notes on questions that required more research.   Lamb, with rural roots himself and  having served on rural caucus committees, thought the best way for budgets to improve and apportionment equitability to have a chance, the education of legislatures to the rural lifestyle would need to be implemented.  Not through huge meetings at the Capital, but through one on one visits to County Commissioner Boardrooms and tours of rural areas. Lamb cited 40 new legislators will be seated this upcoming legislative session, some with no background in rural County government or transportation needs. 
Lt. Governor Lamb was elected to his first term in the Oklahoma Senate on November 2, 2004 by the voters of Senate district 47 representing NW Oklahoma City and Edmond.  Lamb was re-elected without opposition in 2008.

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LT GOVERNOR TODD LAMB VISITS GRANT COUNTY OFFICIALS