Oklahoma governor signs bill to help Tinker add jobs

Bill signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin would assist Tinker Air Force Base in adding 1,300 jobs.
by Rick Green Published: May 28, 2014
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An E-3 Sentry AWACS airplane lands at Tinker Air Force Base. By Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman archive. 
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An E-3 Sentry AWACS airplane lands at Tinker Air Force Base. By Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman archive. JIM BECKEL - THE OKLAHOMAN

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Wednesday that will modify Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Program Act to help Tinker Air Force Base add 1,300 jobs.

House Bill 1416 will assist Tinker in the $44 million purchase of the 175-acre BNSF Railway yard so the property can be used to build an aircraft maintenance facility for the military’s new KC-46A refueling tanker. Average pay for the new jobs is expected to be about $62,000.

Federal officials already have approved Tinker as the maintenance site for the civilian jobs. Another 2,000 civilian jobs could be coming to Tinker later.

The new law revises the Quality Jobs Program Act so money from the act can go to a public trust. It was one of a number of bills signed by the governor on Wednesday.

When the Legislature is in session, a governor has five days to act on a bill. If there is no action, the bill becomes law. After the session, the governor has 15 days to act on a bill. If there is no action, the bill is rejected in what is known as a “pocket veto.”

Fallin also signed:

House Bill 3469, drafted in response to a student with severe disabilities who died after state Department of Human Services workers failed to respond appropriately to repeated allegations of abuse and neglect. The new law requires DHS workers who receive abuse or neglect complaints to give special consideration when the alleged victim is a child with complex medical needs or disabilities that inhibit the child from communicating effectively.


by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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