Rep. Shane Jett said one exclamation point has gotten him more attention than the rest of his work during his four years as a legislator combined.
"People ask me if there aren’t more important things for me to work on,” the Tecumseh Republican said Thursday. "I am. They’re just not paying any attention to them.”
Jett, as chairman of the House International Relations and Tourism Committee, introduced a bill this legislative session to italicize the word "OKLAHOMA” on the state flag and put an exclamation point at the end.
The bill also would create an official state abbreviation: OK!
Jett said he has introduced more legislation on rural Internet access and wireless coverage than anyone else over the past few years, but nothing has drawn the response the proposed flag change has.
"I was just looking for a way to improve our image ... and get some good, solid publicity,” Jett said.
But he immediately ran into a buzz saw: the people of Ponca City and their contingent in the state Legislature, made up of Sen. David Myers and Rep. Ken Luttrell.
Ponca City was the home of Louise Fluke, who designed the current flag, and the locals take considerable pride in that fact.