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Oklahoma governor signs bill naming portion of highway after Trump

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Former President Trump is set to have a portion of an Oklahoma highway named after him with a new bill signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt (R). 

The bill designates a section of State Highway 287 from Oklahoma’s Boise City southeast to the Oklahoma-Texas border as “President Donald J. Trump Highway.” 

Lawmakers removed a previous provision in the legislation, first proposed in the Oklahoma state Senate, that required a person be deceased for three years before a portion of the highway can be named after them. 

The sign markers designating the section of the highway for the former president will be paid for by the state Senate and House officials who co-sponsored the legislation, according to the bill. 

The legislation is set to go into effect on Nov. 1. 

Stitt, a vocal ally of Trump, did not publicly reveal his signing of the bill last Friday, though it was reported by The Oklahoman and other news outlets. 

However, the governor that same day issued statements on his approval of a bill that prohibits state schools and colleges from adopting mandatory mask mandates or vaccination requirements. 

The governor on Friday also issued an executive order banning state agencies from implementing mask or vaccine requirements for people entering state agency buildings. 

Stitt, who became infected with COVID-19 after attending Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally without a mask, said on Friday, “Every Oklahoman must have access to all government services whether or not they choose to be vaccinated or wear a mask.”

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