The Edmond Sun

December 5, 2012

State Chamber names McDaniel a Guardian of Free Enterprise

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The State Chamber of Oklahoma presented its annual Guardians of Free Enterprise awards to four state legislators, including Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond, Wednesday at its Public Affairs Forum.

McDaniel and Rep. Fred Jordan in the House and senators Brian Bingman and Dan Newberry in the Senate received the awards for their efforts in the last legislative session on key issues important to the business community and growing Oklahoma’s economy.

“We are proud to recognize these legislators’ outstanding efforts and show our sincere appreciation for their hard work with this distinguished award,” said Fred Morgan, president and CEO of the State Chamber. “We are looking forward to working with these distinguished legislators and their pro-business colleagues in the House and Senate as we work to continue to improve Oklahoma’s business climate in 2013.”

Jordan and Bingman, Senate president pro tempore, both received the award in recognition of their efforts to pass workers’ compensation reform legislation last session, which will continue to be a major issue in the coming legislative session.

McDaniel and Newberry both received the award in recognition of their work together to author and pass drug and alcohol testing legislation that ensures Oklahoma employees terminated for failing a drug or alcohol test could not continue to collect unemployment.