Representative Anthony Moore

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Mar 18, 2024
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Speaker McCall, Rep. Moore Comment on Passing of Gen. Thomas P. Stafford

OKLAHOMA CITY – Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and Rep. Anthony Moore, R-Clinton, today issued a statement commenting on the passing of General Thomas P. Stafford. "Today is a sad day for our state and nation as we mourn the loss of Gen. Thomas P. Stafford," McCall said. "His service to our country inspired generations who came after to dream big and reach for the stars. His commitment to public outreach through the Apollo Program allowed millions of Americans to experience the wonder of space, something that has continued at the Stafford Air & Space Museum that shares his name. My sincere condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. He was a truly great Oklahoman and will be missed." Gen. Thomas P. Stafford was an American Air Force officer, test pilot and NASA astronaut, and one of 24 astronauts who flew to the Moon. He also served as Chief of the Astronaut Office from 1969 to 1971. "General Stafford played an instrumental role in leading humanity to the stars," Moore said. "As a little boy growing up in western Oklahoma, he had no idea the immense impact he would eventually have on space exploration. His storied career opened unprecedented horizons of scientific exploration and brought a new understanding of our universe. His hometown of Weatherford and all of western Oklahoma have remained and always will be eternally proud to call him one of our own, and I pray that his loved ones find peace during this time." After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Stafford was commissioned in the United States Air Force, flying the F-86 Sabre before becoming a test pilot. He was selected to become an astronaut in 1962, and flew aboard Gemini 6A in 1965 and Gemini 9A in 1966. In 1969, Stafford served as the commander of Apollo 10, the second crewed mission to orbit the Moon. On the mission he, along with Gene Cernan, became the first to fly an Apollo Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to an altitude of nine miles. Born in Weatherford, OK on Sept. 17, 1930, Stafford attended Weatherford High School and went on to play football at the University of Oklahoma and attend the United States Naval Academy. He was 93. -END- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Speaker Charles McCall Phone: (405) 557-7412 Contact: Rep. Anthony Moore Phone: (405) 557-7325

Feb 20, 2024
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Bill to Expand Oklahoma's Promise to Children of Teachers Passes Subcommittee

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Anthony Moore, R-Clinton, on Monday secured unanimous subcommittee passage of a bill that would extend the Oklahoma Promise Scholarship to all children of a certified, full-time teacher who has taught for at least 10 years in an Oklahoma public school classroom and is currently teaching. "House Bill 3454 would make a tremendous impact in recruiting and retaining teachers and college students," he said. "We know those students attending school here are 87% more likely to stay to live, work and raise a family here. This helps us develop our workforce and fortify our state." The Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), better known as Oklahoma's Promise, allows students who meet certain income, academic and conduct requirements to earn a college or technology tuition scholarship. It was created in 1992 by the Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. The program is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Currently, the program stipulates that while a student is in eighth- through 11th-grade, their parents' adjusted gross income must not exceed $60,000 if there are one or two dependent children, $70,000 for three or four dependent children and $80,000 with five or more dependent children. Special income provisions apply to students adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians or to those children who receive social security benefits based on the disability or death of their parents. Moore's proposed legislation would expand this to include any student of a certified teacher, regardless of the parent's income, as long as the parent has taught full-time for at least 10 years in an Oklahoma public school classroom. Moore said he also hopes the measure might help address the number of alternative emergency certified teachers in Oklahoma classrooms. "We've heard for many years now that Oklahoma, along with many others states across the nation, has a critical teacher shortage," Moore said. "It's hard, particularly in rural areas, to recruit and retain certified teachers who have been specifically trained to address the learning needs of the young people that fill our public-school classrooms." Moore said too often schools have to rely on long-term substitutes or make do with moving teachers around to fill gaps, not necessarily in subjects or grades for which they were trained or for which they have a true passion. "Our school districts and teachers do a remarkable job despite the obstacles, but they can use all the help we can give them," Moore sad. "This could be a groundbreaking path toward recruitment and retention." Moore said he was motivated in part to run this bill by the Inspired to Teach scholarships that were signed into law in 2022. Those pay a bonus to prospective teachers once they have completed educational requirements and as they perform their service in state public schools.  Moore said it's his understanding students could potentially qualify for both scholarships if they are children of a teacher and decide to become teachers themselves. "If they could graduate an Oklahoma college or university debt free and with a stipend to help them focus on their new profession, that would be an incredible benefit to them and the students they will teach," he said. House Bill 3454 passed 12-0 in the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee for Education and now passes to the full House A&B Committee for consideration.

May 17, 2023
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Constituent Request for Prisoner Escape Alert Signed into Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Anthony Moore, R-Clinton, today commented on the governor signing into law a bill that creates an Orange Alert to notify residents in close proximity of a correctional facility in the event of a prisoner escape.   House Bill 1546 directs the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to develop an Orange Alert communication system at each correctional facility in the state to notify any resident within a 40-mile radius of the facility when a prisoner has escaped. The legislation was drafted by Katie Edelen, a high school senior from Arapaho-Butler Public Schools – a constituent in Moore's House District 57. "This is phenomenal work by a young woman who took a frightening personal experience and turned it into a law that will better protect all Oklahomans" Moore said. "I am so proud of Katie's courage, insight and leadership on this important issue. Residents deserve to know if their lives are in danger, and this alert will help protect their safety." Moore explained that Edelen's family lived through a frightening situation in which her aunt, Jamie Allen, was kidnapped by escaped inmates. After that experience, Edelen attended "Capitol Camp" last summer. The program, held at the State Capitol, is hosted by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for high school FFA and 4-H students. The goal is to help students learn about the legislative process and how bills become laws. During the camp, Edelen drafted the proposed legislation. "I am excited to know that the Orange Alert is becoming a law," Edelen said. "I hope that with this bill I can keep everyone more safe and maybe potentially save a life." Allen related her experience and her gratitude toward her niece for creating and pursuing the Orange Alert legislation. "On March 12, 2006, one of the first things I saw when I opened my front door was orange jumpsuit pants. That signaled forever change in my life," Allen said. "Katie Sue's work on and the passing of the Orange Alert signals another forever change for Oklahomans. Katie Sue has brought a ray of sunshine to a dark situation. Although many positive things have come from what happened to me that day, I never want anyone else to have to travel through it. The Orange Alert will help raise awareness to ensure that it doesn't happen to anyone else. Genesis 50:20 says 'As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.'" Moore said the alert created in HB1546 would work similar to Amber Alerts that people receive on their cell phones. The measure passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, is the Senate author of the bill. “House Bill 1546 increases public safety as area residents will be more aware of potential danger," Jech said. "A more efficient public notification process will also aid law enforcement in locating escaped prisoners. I greatly appreciate Representative Moore for his work on the bill, as well as the governor for signing this legislation in to law as it not only benefits Senate District 26, but all of Oklahoma.” HB1546 takes effect Nov. 1.