STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS -- (Senate - September 29, 2006)
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By Mr. INHOFE:
S. 4023. A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the McGee Creek Authority certain facilities of the McGee Creek Project, Oklahoma, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, today I introduce legislation to authorize the title transfer of the McGee Creek Reservoir dam and its associated facilities, which are located approximately 20 miles southeast of Atoka, OK.
My bill transfers title from the Bureau of Reclamation to the McGee Creek Authority.
The McGee Creek Authority is a trust of the State of Oklahoma. This Oklahoma entity was established to develop, finance, operate, and maintain the water supply in the McGee Creek Reservoir. Thus, the primary purpose is to provide a dependable ``municipal and industrial'' water supply for Oklahoma City, the City of Atoka, Atoka County, and the area represented by the Southern Oklahoma Development Trust. The McGee Creek Authority currently operates the dam and associated facilities.
This title transfer under this bill will allow Oklahoma City to make the necessary capital improvements and upgrades needed to assure the continued efficient operation of the Reservoir.
This bill is responsible legislation that will end requests for federal funds and will protect the federal government from legal liabilities that could be incurred in their operation.
This legislation is the result of cooperation and coordination between Oklahoma City, the McGee Creek Authority, and the Bureau of Reclamation. I thank the Bureau of Reclamation for their drafting service in preparing the legislation, as well as of course the Senate Legislative Counsel. This legislation was requested by Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, and I am happy to assist in this worthy cause.
I ask unanimous consent to print in the RECORD the letter of request from Mayor Cornett.
I encourage my colleagues to join me in support of the bill.
There being no objection, the letter was ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:
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By Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. Coburn):
S. 4041. A bill to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering a controlled substance in order to attend school, and for other purposes; read the first time.
Mr. INHOFE. President, I rise today, along with my colleague, TOM COBURN, to proudly introduce the Child Medication Safety Act, a bill to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering a controlled substance or psychotropic drug in order to attend a school. The text of my bill exactly matches the text of H.R. 1790, which passed the House on November 16, 2006 by a vote of 407 to 12.
Parents today face many challenges when raising their children, one of which is ensuring that their children receive the best education possible. My views on education come from a somewhat unique perspective in that my wife, Kay, was a teacher at Edison High School in Tulsa for many years and now both of our daughters are teachers. I can assure you that I am one of the strongest supporters of quality education. However, it has come to my attention that schools have been acting as physicians or psychologists by strongly suggesting that children with behavioral problems be put immediately on some form of psychotropic drugs. Schools and teachers are not equipped to make this diagnosis and should not make it mandatory for the student to continue attending the school. This is clearly beyond their area of expertise. Therefore, I am introducing this legislation to ensure that parents are not required by school personnel to medicate their children.
The Child Medication Safety Act requires, as a condition of receiving funds from the Department of Education, that States develop and implement polices and procedures prohibiting school personnel from requiring a child to obtain a prescription as a condition of attending the school. It should be noted that this bill does not prevent teachers or other school personnel from sharing with parents or guardians classroom-based observations regarding a student's academic performance or regarding the need for evaluation for special education. Additionally, this bill calls for a study by the Comptroller General of the United States reviewing: No. 1, the variation among States in the definition of psychotropic medication as used in public education, No. 2, the prescription rates of medication used in public schools to treat children with attention deficit disorder and other such disorders, No. 3, which medications listed under the Controlled Substances Act are being prescribed to such children, and No. 4, which medications not listed under the Controlled Substances Act are being used to treat these children. This GAO report is due no later than 1 year after the enactment of this Act.
I believe this is an extremely important bill that protects the rights of our children against improper intrusion regarding health issues by those not qualified. If a parent or guardian believes their child is in need of medication, then they have the right to make that decision and consult with a licensed medical practitioner who is qualified to prescribe an appropriate drug. Please join us in support of this legislation that protects the freedoms of our children. We also ask that you work with us to secure passage of the Child Medication Safety Act before the end of the 109th Congress as it has already passed the House by a huge margin.