Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma successfully passed a resolution renaming a stretch of highway to Donald J. Trump Highway. The measure is the latest bid to name a public area with a former president.
Specifically, many lawmakers around the country file bills looking to name infrastructure, buildings, monuments, parks, and roads after political leaders that made a mark in their home state.
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Donald J. Trump Highway
Specifically, the bill officially renames a 20-mile stretch of highway between Boise City and the Texas Border after the 45th president of the United States.
In particular, The Donald J. Trump highway, which is part of US Route 287, runs north to south through the Oklahoma panhandle.
The name change occurred after Republican legislators included the Donald J. Trump highway proposal into the Oklahoma legislature’s annual omnibus bridge-and-highway naming bill.
Also included is a proposal to name a highway interchange in Midwest City after US Senator Jim Inhofe. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed the bill earlier this week. To pay for the costs of signage, the sponsoring Republicans said they will pay for the expenses.
3 Year Moratorium When Naming Places After Living Persons
The legislation to name the Donald J. Trump highway ran into a snag when Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd (D), pointed out that state law requires that a person must be dead for at least three years before anything can be named after them. However, there is an exception exclusive to Medal of Honor recipients.
Instead of getting discouraged, Republicans went to work. They filed an amendment to Senate Bill 624, which removes the three-year requirement in place.
As a result, the Republicans received the green light to proceed with naming the road after Trump. With Governor Stitt's approval, SB 624 takes effect on November 1.
Donald J. Trump State Park
In addition to the highway, other lawmakers seized the chance to rename some landmarks after the popular Republican president.
In late April, Representative Mike Loychik, a freshman Ohio lawmaker introduced a bill to formally rename Mosquito Lake State Park.
Mosquito Lake is a 7,000-acre park in Trumbull County, Ohio. Now, its new name is Donald J. Trump, State Park. “This legislation is meant to honor the commitment and dedication that our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, bestowed upon the great people of Trumbull County,” the state representative said in a statement, reports USA Today.
Meanwhile, back in 2019, Senators Nathan Dahm, (R) and Marty Quinn, (R) tried to name a portion of Route 66 after Trump.
However, the proposal faced opposition from both sides of the aisle. In fact, Oklahomans condemned the politicization of the Mother Road.
Watch the Sky News Australia reported that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs bill renaming a highway to Donald J, Trump highway:
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