District 43 Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, chair of the Oklahoma House States Rights Committee, has announced that the name of the committee has changed to the Oklahoma House State Powers Committee.
Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, made the name change on Jan. 5.
“Our powers as a state have been repeatedly tested over the last year by a federal government that seems intent on infringing upon them,” McCall said. “This name change helps both the public and the elected members of our body understand that the House takes seriously their constitutionally defined role in the political process. We stand ready to defend our state’s constitutional powers against all challengers.”
Rep. Steagall said that the name change is a welcome one and helps identify more accurately the purpose of the committee.
“It continues to be a tremendous honor to work at the Capitol on legislation that both defends the state from federal overreach and secures the rights and liberties of all Oklahomans,” Steagall added.
“The committee name change is more consistent with the language used in the U.S. Constitution, as well as a better reflection of the posture of the committee which I have the privilege of chairing.”