Advocacy Day! March 5

Don’t forget to register for LWVOK Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 5 in OKC!

Click here to register!

10 am to 12 pm

We will begin with training and discussion in Conference Room 101 at the Chesapeake Community Plaza where the office for the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma is also located.

At 10 am, former State Senator Angela Monson, who has been working to expand access to healthcare for over 30 years will speak to us about efforts to expand medicaid in Oklahoma.

Barry K Moore, who is a registered lobbyist for rural telecommunications companies, will give us some pointers on how to effectively communicate with legislators.

We will also discuss bills relating to our advocacy agenda–Medicaid Expansion, Education, Tax Reform, and Redisticting or other voter rights issues. To begin the conversation, join our LWVOK Advocacy group on Facebook.

We will have lunch before heading to the capitol!

1 pm – 3 pm

After the training, we will head to the capitol to meet with our representatives.

This event is free and open to the public.

Be sure to register!

More about our speakers:

ANGELA Z. MONSON, MPA

Angela Zoe Monson is an Oklahoma native; born, raised and educated in Oklahoma City. She began a life of community service, committed to the values of social change, as a volunteer with the Oklahoma City Urban League. Focused on education, her involvement with the Urban League eventually led to her first elected office at the age of 15 as a youth member of the Black Board of Education, a community wide elected board established by the Urban League to shadow the Oklahoma City Board of Education which was all white at the time. The actions of the Urban League and the Black Board of Education ultimately led to the election of the first African American to the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. Ironically, the last elected position held by Angela was Chairperson of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Bard of Education.

Angela earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections from Oklahoma City University and also received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Recognized by both institutions, Angela was named the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus in1997and in 2010 she was named the OCU Petree College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus.

Access to high quality health care has been both a personal and professional passion of Monson’s for more than 33 years. She began her professional involvement in health care as the first Executive Director of the Oklahoma Health Care Project in 1986, charged with the development of a statewide coalition of organizations to address health care access and financing issues. Through the efforts of the 100 plus member coalition representing thousands of Oklahomans, Medicaid coverage for children and women in Oklahoma was substantially expanded for the first time. The organization also worked to maintain local health care delivery systems in rural areas and to eliminate health care access limitations for many special needs populations.

In 1990 Angela was elected as State Representative from District 99. In 1993, she was elected to the State Senate, District 48, serving until 2005. Monson was the primary author of many bills pertaining to health care, including the Mental Health Parity law which required insurance companies to treat mental illness as any other illness; Medicaid expansion covering thousands of more children and pregnant women; legislation that created the state’s trauma care system; and the bill that resulted in the ability for first respondents to identify your location when calling 911 from your cell phone. As a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Angela was the primary author of the bill that created the Oklahoma Health Care Authority as well as legislation authorizing the state’s first Medicaid Managed Care program.

Senator Monson served as the First Assistant Majority Floor Leader, the highest-ranking position ever held by an African American in the Oklahoma Senate. She also served as the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and the Education Committee.

Senator Monson is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the first African American woman and only Oklahoman to serve in that position. She also served as chair of the NCSL Health Committee and as a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Executive Committee. During her tenure as the NCSL Health Committee Chair, Monson was instrumental in developing the Conference’s position and actions on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement between the states’ attorneys general and the tobacco companies, and also testified before several Congressional Committees on Medicaid and Medicare.

BARRY K. MOORE

Barry K. Moore is the President of The BKM Group, a full service consulting and lobbying firm providing both federal and state legislative and regulatory assistance to several independent telecommunication companies doing business in the state of Oklahoma.

Prior to establishing The BKM Group, Barry served as Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Telephone Association from 1988-2000. The OTA serves as the statewide trade association representing all 44 telephone companies doing business in Oklahoma. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Telephone Association Hall of Fame in 2001 and became the youngest member ever inducted into the hall.

Before joining the OTA, Barry served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party from 1986 -1988. He served on the staff of Congressman James R. Jones and also served as an intern for former U. S. Senator David L. Boren in Washington, DC. Mr. Moore has served on the Edmond Planning Commission for fourteen years and Chairman for the past eight.

Barry is Past President of the Board of Directors to the Oklahoma City Metro Alliance, PIA and First Step. These organizations assist recovering alcoholics achieve sobriety and return to the work place.
Barry’s hobbies include golf, reading and travel. He has served on the
Kickingbird Golf Club Board of Directors and was the President of the Kickingbird Men’s Golf Association in 2002.

Barry and his wife Cindy currently reside in Edmond, OK and have lived in the community for the past twenty four years.

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