Laster: Leftwich departure left Senate Democrats scrambling for potential successor (access required)

Note: In a related development, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Cherokee Ballard, acting chief administrative officer of the agency, has resigned effective immediately. A former television news reporter, Ballard is assuming the position of ...

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‘Strongarming’ agency to hire someone is inappropriate, says Coffee (access required)

A general, civil discussion between a legislator and an agency head about possibly hiring a particular person is one thing, says Secretary of State Glenn Coffee. “If someone was trying to strong arm somebody, no, I don’t think that’s appropriate,” ...

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Miller: Funding mechanism for medical examiner coordinator post flawed (access required)

The funding scheme outlined to pay the salary of a new transition coordinator to oversee changes in the Office of the Oklahoma Medical Examiner would not have worked to allow Sen. Debbe Leftwich to take the job after leaving the ...

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Jones: Prosecution of lawmakers unconstitutional (access required)

An attorney for Rep. Randy Terrill said Tuesday morning that witnesses from the legislature called to the Oklahoma County courthouse in a bribery case are in a difficult spot because they are under compulsion of a subpoena that violates the ...

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Medical examiner agency official tells court he felt pressure to hire Leftwich (access required)

A former chief administrative officer of the Office of the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner recalled Monday telling the agency’s legislative liaison how he felt about Rep. Randy Terrill’s plan to create a job within the office, secure the position for ...

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Tougher driving, auto insurance laws take effect Tuesday (access required)

Beginning Tuesday, new laws go on the books affecting Oklahomans who do not have auto liability insurance, drive recklessly or under the influence or are convicted of reckless driving in an accident that injures someone. Under SB 272, an uninsured ...

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Dank: Transferable tax credits = “Big swap meet” (access required)

Never let it be said that Rep. David Dank is at a loss for vivid language when discussing tax credits. He calls the coal tax incentive the “poster child for just about everything that is wrong with this system.” As ...

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Coal tax credit illustrates what’s bad in tax incentive arena, says Dank (access required)

It was the final hour of the last day of the 2006 legislative session when lawmakers passed a bill that carved out part of a tax credit for coal purchasers, giving it to producers. Shortly thereafter, during a special session, ...

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