Even in uncertain times, Oklahoma Farm Bureau will remain the steady and unwavering voice for farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahomans. Many businesses and organizations – even the state Legislature and Congress – are tampering down operations, but we know and understand that work on the farm never stops. That’s why Farm Bureau leaders and staff will continue to vigilantly monitor the issues that impact OKFB members.
Facing increasing concerns over public health, the Oklahoma House of Representatives on March 16 took unprecedented action to authorize the Republican and Democratic caucuses to designate a single proxy representative to vote on behalf of others in an emergency situation. It is unclear if and when House members might use this proxy voting option or if such action would pass judicial review.
In a disturbing turn of events, entrance to the state Capitol was restricted on March 17 to include only legislators, their staff, credentialed media and state employees. After a full day of legislative actions behind closed doors on Tuesday, both chambers adjourned to a yet-to-be-determined future date. The members of the public currently remain prohibited from entering the state Capitol building. Though we understand certain precautions must be taken to protect public health, any legislative action must remain open and transparent. The ongoing adjournment could be days or weeks, but the building must be open to the public when legislative activity resumes.
OKFB also has been working closely with Oklahoma’s congressional delegation on behalf of farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses to safeguard the strength of the nation’s food supply chain. With new closures, cancellations and movement restrictions seemingly every day, it becomes more important than ever for agriculture to have the support of elected officials.
As Farm Bureau members continue laboring each and every day to produce the food on which our nation depends, OKFB will never stop working for the interests of Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers. If you have any questions or concerns about issues you’re facing, please contact your area OKFB field representative or the public policy staff.