Representative Rick West

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Feb 23, 2024
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Reps. Smith and Rick West Hold Meetings with Rural Fire Coordinators

OKLAHOMA CITY – Reps. David Smith, R-Arpelar, and Rick West, R-Heavener, held a meeting Feb. 21 with 11 rural fire coordinators from across the state who voiced concerns about new mandatory training requirements from the state fire marshal in accordance with state statutes. The meeting was standing room only in Smith's Capitol office. "Volunteer rural firefighters are rural Oklahoma's first line of defense," Smith said. "They're upset because of some of the rumors they are hearing about what might be required of them going forward. It was important to us that we heard their concerns. Now, we are focused on helping facilitate discussions between the coordinators, fire chiefs and the state fire marshal so everyone can be on the same page about the new training requirements." Smith said the next meeting will include State Fire Marshal Keith Bryant as well as fire chiefs and rural fire coordinators from across the state. The meeting will be public for anyone that wishes to attend, space allowing. It is set for 10 a.m. March 13 in Room 450 in the state Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd. Smith and West also are discussing holding a potential interim study to examine incentives to help recruit and retain rural firefighters. "These are volunteer positions, but they are vital for the safety of all who live and work in rural Oklahoma," West said. "I'm glad we're going to be able to get everyone around the table to discuss ways to improve conditions for these volunteer firefighters and those they serve."



Jan 29, 2024
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Rep. Rick West Again Pursues Legislative Pay Resolution

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, this year will again pursue legislation that would send to a vote of the people a question regarding future legislative pay changes. House Joint Resolution 1001 would require a statewide vote to determine whether or not legislative pay increases or decreases should face a vote of the people each time they are recommended or if the matter should continue to be decided by the Board on Legislative Compensation. If approved, the measure would amend the state Constitution. The resolution was introduced for the 2023 legislative session but did not advance from the House Rules Committee. "I told my constituents when I ran for office that I would run this bill," West said. "This places the decision of legislative pay in the hands of the people of the state of Oklahoma, and not with a board appointed by the beneficiaries of the board's decisions." West said the measure keeps in place the Board of Legislative Compensation to make recommendations and give their rationale, but the ultimate decision on legislative pay should be made by the people represented by each lawmaker. West said the resolution is a pledge he made to constituents when he was re-elected to his House seat in 2020. A 35% increase in legislative pay was approved by the Board on Legislative Compensation for those serving starting in 2019. At the time, West was not in office. But, he said he pledged to voters that upon taking his seat in 2020 he would not take the pay increase but would instead donate it to charities in his House district. He said he opposed the way the increase was handled by a board that has appointees by the governor and House and Senate leadership. The chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the executive director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services serve as ex officio nonvoting members of the board. The board last year voted to increase by 5% stipends paid to legislative leaders. Each of the past four years, West has proposed similar legislation, but it has not advanced. West said he'll continue proposing the legislation to keep his promise to his constituents.



Jan 22, 2024
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Rick West Bill Would Strike Resident Alien Status from CLEET Eligibility

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, this year will again pursue legislation that would remove the ability of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) to certify as a peace officer any person with permanent resident alien status. West filed House Bill 1026 in 2023, and the bill passed the House Criminal Justice Committee but was not heard on the House floor. It is still eligible for consideration during the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature. Anyone certified prior to Nov. 1, 2023, would not be subject to the provisions of the amended act. "It's my belief, shared by many in my House district, that those who apply to enforce the laws of our state should be permanent citizens" West said. "This is just a common-sense amendment to better protect the rights of Oklahomans." Established in 1963, CLEET supports Oklahoma law enforcement by providing education and training. The council also provides education and licensing to private security, private investigations and bail enforcers in the state. CLEET-certified peace officer cadets can go on to work for municipal, county or state law enforcement agencies, where they might perform work from conducting traffic stops to criminal investigations and more. Certification also includes firearms training. Sen. Hamilton, R-McCurtain, is the Senate author of the measure. The bill will be eligible for consideration during the upcoming legislative session, which starts Feb. 5.