Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sen. Gumm named to Observer's 'Top 10' list

The Daily Ardmoreite

Posted Jun 20, 2008 @ 09:00 AM
Oklahoma City —

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm’s 2008 legislative performance earned “Ten Best” rating with The Oklahoma Observer.

A Democrat from Durant, Gumm was the first senator listed. Four other senators made the list, Harry Coates, R-Seminole; Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau; President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater and Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah. Gumm’s district includes Johnston and Marshall counties.

Gumm’s effort to obtain insurance coverage for autistic children earned him recognition. The paper wrote Gumm “fought his heart out to win coverage of autism by the insurance industry.”

The measure passed the Senate on bipartisan votes on four separate occasions. Each time, however, House Republican leaders, led by Speaker Chris Benge, refused to give the bill a hearing.

Expressing appreciation for the recognition, Gumm said he’s proud to stand with parents in the battle to end discrimination against autistic children.

“This honor really goes to the parents who fought their heart out as well,” he said. “They have shown real courage in standing up to powerful interest on behalf of their children.”

Each June, “The Oklahoma Observer” ranks the 10 best and the 10 worst performances by Oklahoma senators and representatives. The determination is made by the paper’s founding editor, Frosty Troy, and its editor, Arnold Hamilton. “The Oklahoma Observer” is published twice monthly; the publication bills itself as “An Independent Journal of Commentary.”

Monday, February 16, 2009

Bill seeks to streamline children's services

Associated Press - February 16, 2009 6:15 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Senate Rules Committee has voted to create Oklahoma's first-ever Children's Cabinet to improve state services for children.

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, a Democrat from Durant, says the legislation will endeavor to remove barriers that prevent Oklahoma children from living healthy lives and maximizing their potential.

Gumm says Oklahoma ranks among the 10 worst states in infant mortality, teenage death rates and child poverty.

The Children's Cabinet would be comprised of 15 officials whose agencies have interest in children's issues. The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth would provide support staff.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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