It is very important that you express your concerns regarding the expansion plan to the Governor and your state legislators and encourage other Oklahoma residents to do the same. You might explain to out-of-area Oklahomans that by making their objections known, they are not only speaking for expansion area property owners, but for all Oklahoma property owners who may be subject to eminent domain for non-essential use in the future. No private property is out-of-reach. When most of the homes in the proposed expansion were built, the area was considered “in-the-country” and “up-scale”. OSU has even taken property west of town, in the floodplain, in recent years.
Speaking from experience, Matthew P. Smith emphasized this course of action in his Letter to the Editor, published in the Stillwater NewsPress, Dec 12, 2005.
The Board of Regents is appointed by the governor. Let the governor know how you feel and how you will vote next election, should the board approve this plan. They are supposed to govern over the land grant universities. The president and CEO of the OSU system, Dr. Schmidly, is supposed to work for them. Make sure the dog is wagging the tail and the tail is not wagging the dog.
Contact the state representatives and senators for this area. Tell them how you feel. Then call your friends and family in other towns in Oklahoma and have them contact their elected officials and let them know they will not get votes in the next election if this goes through. The Legislature appropriates money for OSU every year. The university needs their support and does need the legislators unhappy with them.
Since the Kelo decision, the Supreme Court case regarding the use of eminent domain in Connecticut, it is clear that the primary authority for regulation of eminent domain is the state government.
Now that we’ve been schooled in the fact that state level eminent domain issues will not be addressed by the Federal Supreme Court, but are matters of the state legislative branch, do you think we’ll now see the citizens of Florida stand up for their neighbors who are at risk of being pushed aside? For those of us in other states who have no say in the impending actions at Riviera Beach, Florida, this will be a lesson in how much one state’s citizens care enough to prevent land-robbery in their state.
– Apathy Watch: Florida Case, Valhall, Oct 3, 2005
State officials for the expansion area are listed below. Oklahoma residents outside the area can look up contact information for their officials at Project Vote Smart. Enter 9 digit zip code in search box near upper left corner of home page. There is a link for looking up 9 digit zip code by address, if unknown. List of all officials for zip code 74075-4238, includes biographical info, as well as contact.
Governor & state congresspersons for expansion area
Governor: Brad Henry
Web address: www.gov.ok.gov/message.php
Capitol Address: 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm 212, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Voice: (405) 521-2342 Fax: (405) 521-3353
Representative: Terry Ingmire
District Address: 5713 W. 7th St., Stillwater, OK 74074 (405) 743-2628
Senator Mike Morgan:
District Address: 1008 Woodcrest, Stillwater, OK 74074