Renaming Route 66? Some state leaders say not so fast

TRACING ROUTE 66: The history of the road

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Lawmakers are now willing to look at other options when it comes to renaming an Oklahoma highway for President Trump.

Broken Arrow Sen. Nathan Dahm and Claremore Sen. Marty Quinn filed a bill Tuesday to call a portion of Route 66 "President Donald J. Trump Highway."

The renamed section of Route 66 would be between Highland Avenue near Miami and the Industrial Parkway intersection in Ottawa County.

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The bill, SB 1089, states the authors and co-authors must foot the bill for the renaming. The state Senate claims taxpayer money would not be used on new signs if the bill is approved.

Lawmakers could hear the bill as early as February 2020.

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell responded to the potential naming on Twitter on Wednesday saying calling the road anything other than Historic Route 66 "adds confusion" and misrepresents the highway.

The Oklahoma Route 66 Commission also released a statement opposing renaming the section.

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