Senate bill 624 passed through the states House of Representatives which names multiple highways throughout Oklahoma all in one bill, which includes naming one after former President Donald Trump.
During the process, a bill that required anyone who is named after a highway to have been deceased for at least three years has now been removed.
Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt has signed a bill that will name a portion of a state highway after former President Donald Trump. “President Donald J. Trump Highway” will be the new name of State Highway 287 ranging from Boise City to Cimarron County located by the border of Texas.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the section of State Highway 287 beginning at the municipal limits of Boise City extending southeast to the Oklahoma-Texas border in Cimarron County shall be designated as the ‘President Donald J. Trump Highway.’”
“The Department of Transportation shall cause suitable permanent markers bearing that name to be placed on the highway.”
During the process of the bill becoming law, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd pointed out that this was not feasible, due to a separate state law that required that anyone named after a highway must be deceased for at least three years.
This issue was later resolved when an amendment was proposed by Republicans that removed the state law and is now crossed out on page 24 of bill 624. State Senator from Oklahoma Forrest Bennett.
“Some legislators wanted to name a highway after former president Trump. But statute dictated that a person must’ve passed away before a road is named for them. So what did we do? We just repealed that statute! Amazing what this bod can accomplish when we really want something.”
The second part of his tweet clarified his sarcasm and how there needs to be more work on repealing important laws.
“This was a two-parter, but I didn’t realize that the second one didn’t send! And, based on the colorful responses, the sarcasm here didn’t come across. Anyway, I’m as frustrated as all of you who’ve rightly pointed out that we have many, many more important things to do.”
Support for the new name of Highway 287 has garnered the support of several blue check marks on Twitter including New York Times best-selling author and national security expert Brigitte Gabriel who tweeted, “Well-deserved! We need this happening in every state!”
Another supporter of bill 624 is also a best-selling author and Presidential Appointee in the Trump Administration Nick Adams.
“Never been prouder to be an Honorary Oklahoman (as designated by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2017)!!!
Senate bill 624 will be fully implemented on November 1st of this year.