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May 23, 2013

State Senate approves $45 million from Rainy Day fund for relief

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

On the Senate side, Moore Sen. Anthony Sykes represents the Senate district where Monday’s tornado was the deadliest and caused the greatest destruction.

“This is extremely important for the people of Senate District 24 who were so greatly affected by the tornado,” Sykes said in a news release.

“The Senate vote to enable the use of these emergency funds is a critical part of the relief effort. I thank my fellow members for their support, and I thank our fellow citizens throughout the state who have reached out to those impacted by this devastating storm.”

Brian Bingman, head of the state Senate, said, “This is an absolutely heart breaking tragedy, but we know these are strong communities full of resilient and tough Oklahomans.”

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft’s House district also was badly damaged.

Republican Wesselhoft said he is trying to keep tabs on the numerous private donations being made by corporations. Thus far, the private sector has pledged about $16 million, he said.

That money coupled with a federal, state and local match could produce the more than $1 billion needed.

“I think we can make it,” Wesselhoft said.

 

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