Chickasaw, Choctaw nations sue state, others over Sardis Lake water rights (access required)

Note: This post has been updated with remarks from Gov. Mary Fallin One day after the Oklahoma Legislature launched a joint study of Oklahoma water and development of a new, 50-year water plan, two of the state’s largest tribes filed ...

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Solicitor general: Fent not due “second bite at the apple” in single-subject violation lawsuit (access required)

Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick argued Wednesday morning that attorney Jerry Fent’s latest argument challenging a budget bill sounds all-too familiar. “I don’t think we should be here,” Wyrick said. Wyrick told Oklahoma Supreme Court referee Barbara Swimley that Fent ...

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Tribal water issues: Negotiate, don’t litigate, lawmakers told (access required)

Water law experts appearing before a joint legislative committee Wednesday agreed upon one thing: When addressing the complex issue of Indian water rights, negotiation works much better than litigation, for all sides. It’s also cheaper and takes less time than ...

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Oklahoma-developed “Shelter in a Box” program due first run-through in Louisiana (access required)

Often referred to as “Shelter in a Box,” a national pilot program developed under the leadership of the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management is undergoing its first test in Louisiana today through Thursday. A planning task force and more than ...

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Indian water law, interstate compacts to lead off joint panel’s first meeting (access required)

Rep. Phil Richardson has set a simple, easy-to-grasp agenda for the first meeting of the Joint Legislative Water Committee on Wednesday: Interstate compacts and Indian water law and treaties. Just kidding around—those may be basic study areas for anyone launching ...

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Fallin seeks legislative help to begin pay-back of $36 million to locals, electric co-ops, for disaster costs (access required)

With a state emergency fund balanced of $944, the state has $36 million in outstanding obligations to counties, municipalities and rural electric cooperatives for funds the local entities have paid out to address disasters, Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday. “We ...

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