Doak revokes insurance license of woman who pleaded guilty to crime in Texas (access required)

Tiffany Lynn Lewis obtained an insurance license in Oklahoma, which was renewed in 2010, not disclosing the fact that she had been disbarred from legal practice and pleaded guilty to misapplication of almost $60,000 of fiduciary funds in Texas in ...

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NRA lobbyist reprimanded by Ethics Commission (access required)

The state Ethics Commission has issued a public reprimand against Ashley Varner, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, for exceeding, on five different occasions, the $100 per-year limit on things that may be given to state officers and employees. ...

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Disclosure of state employee birth dates, ID numbers, would violate privacy, state court holds (access required)

Balancing the public interest in disclosure against the invasion of privacy by obtaining state employees’ birth dates and identification numbers, the Oklahoma Supreme Court came down Tuesday on the side of privacy. “We determine that when the balancing test is ...

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Ethics panel adopts furlough proposal (access required)

If the Oklahoma Ethics Commission is audited in FY 2012, it could take $8,000 out of the agency’s small budget. That being the case, Tuesday commissioners adopted a sort of just-in-case furlough plan that would idle all six employees two ...

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State Supreme Court will not hear Fent lawsuit challenging fuel tax transfer (access required)

A unanimous Oklahoma Supreme Court declined Monday to hear Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent’s legal challenge to the transfer of more than $100 million in fuel tax revenue to state agencies whose duties are unrelated to highways and bridges. “They ...

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Breaking: State high court declines to hear Fent lawsuit challenging transfer of fuel tax funds (access required)

NOTE: A more comprehensive post, including an interview with Fent, is to follow: Moving fairly swiftly for a court, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declined Monday to hear Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent’s legal challenge to the transfer of more than ...

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State court approves Merritt resignation from bar association pending disciplinary proceedings (access required)

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday approved the resignation of veteran litigator John Merritt from the Oklahoma Bar Association pending disciplinary proceedings. Merritt, who was admitted to the bar in 1968, offered his resignation on June 17. As 23rd and Lincoln ...

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Justices won’t hear decade-long Osage Nation legal battle with Oklahoma over taxation of tribal members (access required)

For at least a decade, the Osage Nation has been battling the state of Oklahoma over an issue that tribal officials say affects their nation’s sovereignty: Whether the state has the authority to levy Oklahoma income taxes against tribal members ...

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