Benefit council’s hiring of lobbyist ‘unethical,’ says OPEA director (access required)

Oklahoma Public Employees Association Executive Director Sterling Zearley said Friday that the Oklahoma Employee Benefits Council director has hired a lobbying firm to pursue the council’s agenda at the State Capitol, a move Zearley said is improper. “Using state funds to ...

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Capitol week in review (March 21-25) (access required)

After a previous week of racing toward their first-house floor deadline, state representatives and senators took it easy this week, by comparison, with little floor activity as each house begins its consideration of the other’s bills in committee. Although some ...

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Fallin Turnpike Authority appointments replace all but one member (access required)

Gov. Mary Fallin announced her appointments to the six-member Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Friday, reappointing only one of the members placed on the panel by her predecessor, Gov. Brad Henry. New members tapped by Fallin are : G. Carl Gibson, ...

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Damages-limitation bill draws emotional testimony (access required)

It is out of character for Connie Plumlee to speak up in public, but her life circumstances have placed her front and center in the Oklahoma lawsuit reform debate. Plumlee, a Collinsville teacher, was burned in December 2009 when her ...

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Coming up Wednesday … (access required)

Oklahoma students will be in the Senate chamber Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. to discuss anti-bullying legislation. HB 1461, by Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, adds cyberbullying to statutes that establish how schools should deal with bullying. It also expands the issues school ...

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