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Oklahoma lawmakers file bill to create Donald Trump highway

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Republican state senators have written a bill to rename a portion of the world-renowned Route 66 highway in northeastern Oklahoma the President Donald J. Trump Highway.

Sens. Nathan Dahm of Broken Arrow and Marty Quinn of Claremore announced Tuesday their plans to introduce Senate Bill 1089.

"President Trump has done an outstanding job on behalf of our nation and Oklahoma," Dahm said in a written statement. "We feel like this is a perfect opportunity to commemorate the great impact his leadership has had on improving the economy and bringing jobs and commerce back to our great state."

But on Wednesday, Dahm told the Tulsa World that he will not pursue the legislation after a poor reception to the proposal.

The bill would rename a roughly 3.5-mile stretch of Route 66 from the town of Miami extending north and east through the town of Commerce to Industrial Parkway in Ottawa County.

State Rep. Ben Loring (D-Miami) was among those who dismissed the idea.

"This highway, from Chicago to Santa Monica, is already designated the ‘Will Rogers Highway,’ which is great for all Oklahomans," Loring said in a statement. "This is not at all a political issue. It is entirely an economic issue. Changing the name could have a significant negative impact on tourism in this area."

Dahm and Quinn said the bill would direct that no taxpayer money be used to pay for signage. Instead, they said the Senate and House authors and co-authors will be required to provide the money needed for the cost of the signs.

"Please pick another road, and I would suggest one in your own Districts," Loring urged.

The Tulsa World reported that Dahm remained open to the possibility of putting the president's name on another Oklahoma highway.

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko in Denison, Texas, contributed to this report.

Route of the proposed Donald J. Trump Highway 

Text of the proposed Senate Bill 1089

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