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Bills creating Trump highway, 'America First' license plates pass committee

A bill naming a section of highway in Cimarron County after President Donald Trump passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday.

Highway 287 from Boise City in the Panhandle to the Oklahoma-Texas border would be named the “President Donald J. Trump Highway,” according to the legislation presented by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.

Senators debated the bill for several minutes, ultimately passing the measure by 5-4

The signage would be paid for by legislators who support the measure. Previously, the intent was to change the name of a section of the historic Route 66 highway, but the location was changed after pushback from state officials.

Dahm authored another bill creating 'America First' license plates that also passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee.

This measure replaced earlier efforts to create two license plates stating 'Make America Great Again' and 'Keep America Great Again.'

“We felt it would be easier to have one license plate instead of two,” he said. “Talking about America first is something that everybody should be able to get behind.”

Part of the proceeds from the license plate will go toward two veterans organizations.

Both bills are up to be heard by the full Senate.

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Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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