Contact: Rep. Rick West

Heavener FFA Sporting Clays Team Recognized

Last week I was privileged to recognize the Heavener FFA Sporting Clays Team on the House floor.

This team placed third in the state against roughly 200 schools from various divisions and about 800 other students. Team member Connor Maxwell received first place as the state high individual. Other team members are Kasen Krebbs, Devry Ritter, Jacob Vickers and alternate Claydin Boren. Also recognized were coaches Jeremy Krebbs and Chad Ritter. Several family members attended the presentation as well.

I was so proud to have this great group of young men come up to the Capitol to be presented with citations. These boys can really shoot, and it was a pleasure to get to celebrate them.

I’m thankful as well to the National Rifle Association for providing funding for the chapter’s supplies through their grant program.

Also recently, a group from the District Attorney’s office that represents LeFlore County visited during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This group wants to ensure justice for victims and survivors of crimes that forever impact their lives and help them find a positive way to move forward. It was good to meet with them.

May 2 was the National Day of Prayer. There were several observances held at the Capitol. Darlene Scroggins of Poteau shared a sample proclamation with me asking me to release it to acknowledge this special day and declare a Day of Prayer for House District 3. I was honored to do it. The proclamation noted that since the founding of our nation, many Americans have turned to God for guidance and wisdom. Many former presidents have acknowledge the need for this observance. I hope everyone in our district marked this day, reflecting on the many blessings we’ve received as Americans and asking God’s continued protection and wisdom as we go forward.

There are several bills still moving through the legislative process. Among those is Senate Bill 1705, which would prohibit foreign government adversaries designated as hostile or a Country of Particular Concern from owning land in Oklahoma. This is a cleanup of legislation passed last year that just clarifies what instruments are needed to purchase land legally in Oklahoma. We want to make sure those hostile to America are not hiding behind legal residents in purchasing land.

The governor last week signed into law House Bill 4156, which creates the crime of impermissible occupation for anyone in Oklahoma found to have entered the country illegally. This bill is a result of the Biden Administration’s failure to secure our nation’s southern border, allowing thousands of people to enter the country illegally every day. This has increased dangerous drugs and human trafficking in our state. This bill will help us protect Oklahomans.

As always, if I can help you with anything, feel free to call my Capitol office at (405) 557-7413 or email me at


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