Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon opened the event with some profound words, professing that this Chamber and the Oklahoma Legislature as a whole can be proud for carrying out their legislative duties according to their ethical and moral obligation to their constituants, unlike many Legislators in Washington, D.C., who do so dependent on the contributions from the Lobbyists. He further reassured that Okla. politicians are grateful for the Lobbyists' insight they bring from each side of a Legislative issue.
As usual, Mr. Funk's staff carried out a delightful hospitality and Mr. Funk himself was gracious as always. The UCA wants to thank Drs. Farris, Kenyon, Peace, Smiley, M. Sullivan and Ungerland for joining the UCA Executive officers to give of their personal monies to the Republican State House Committee. A special thanks goes out to Drs. Frank Starns and Russ Gilstrap for their contributions of $250.00. We delivered contributions of over $1,200 to the event on behalf of Unified Chiropractic Association; earning the UCA not only a listing as the only Chiropractic Association on the Sponsorship board, but at the same level as the Osteopathic
Association and the only sponsoring Chiropractic Lobbyist, UCA's Lesa Smaligo.
The Unified Chiropractic Association of Oklahoma continues to aggressively act, not only on proactive Chiropractic legislation, like the Equal Co-Pay Bill, but All advesarial issues that could affect our practices. We have done so for over a decade and will continue to do so for ALL chiropractic physicians in Oklahoma. This Legislative session has been one of many pieces of Legislation that could have negatively affected Chiropractic, but thanks to the vigilence of UCA Lobbyist, Lesa Smaligo, she was quick to bring those concerns to our attention to take appropriate action. We certainly appreciate the recent influx of new members to our organization.
Yours in Chiropractic,
Tom Derstine, D.C.
UCA Executive Director