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July 11, 2013

Chamber president appointed to commission

NORMAN — Norman Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Woods was appointed this week to the Long Range Capitol Planning Commission. House Speaker T.W. Shannon announced the appointment Wednesday.

The commission will address Capitol repairs and long-term management of state assets. The Long Range Capitol Planning Commission was recreated with a new mission by Shannon’s House Bill 1910, which was signed into law this year. Under the new law, the commission will be responsible for developing a pay-as-you-go plan to repair the Oklahoma State Capitol and an eight-year plan for the management of state assets.

Woods will serve a three-year term on the commission. He said an initial meeting date has not been set yet.

“I think it will be (set) very soon, as they will want a first report issued by December of this year,” Woods said. “The Senate president has appointments and the governor has appointments, and I don’t know if they’ve made their appointments yet.”

Prior to joining the Norman Chamber, Woods worked at the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

“John Woods will bring a business and community perspective to the commission,” Shannon said. “He also brings his experience of working with legislative leaders to the commission. I am highly confident in his abilities and judgment.”

The committee will be a recommending body providing information to state lawmakers.

“I think it’s an important task, and it’s a real honor,” Woods said. “It’s exceptionally important for the state to determine what we need to do in terms of state facilities.”

The committee will deal with short- and long-term plans.

“It includes everything from the agency buildings that you see around the Capitol complex, our tourism facilities across the state — parks and lodges — it includes Griffin here in Norman,” Woods said.

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