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One-shot lobbyist meal rule, proposal for ouster of bad-actor local officials on way to legislature (access required)

An action taken by the state Ethics Commission Friday afternoon—to  allow lobbyists to feed groups of legislators once per session without it counting toward their $100 aggregate limit and without reporting which lawmakers attended—has already drawn the attention of a legislator seeking the rule’s disapproval. Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, said he would file legislation Monday to disapprove the rule. …

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Lingering questions move Ethics Commission majority to turn down proposals to address disclosure, corporate independent expenditures during elections (access required)

All five members of the state Ethics Commission know they must do something to address  a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to make independent expenditures—which usually wind up funding ads critical of one candidate or another—during election cycles. They disagree on what form that should take. At a special morning meeting on Thursday, only two members of …

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Commission to grapple with proposed ethics law changes driven by court decisions expanding political speech protection to corporations (access required)

Spurred by recent federal court decisions, the state Ethics Commission has come up with a package of proposed changes in Oklahoma statutes and ethics rules that acknowledge the expansion of free political speech protections to corporations and labor unions. The proposed revisions also require fairly comprehensive disclosure, which Executive Director Marilyn Hughes said is needed to to dig down to …

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State must change campaign-spending statutes to comply with Citizens United decision, panel told (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court radically changed the landscape for independent expenditures during election seasons when it issued its Citizens United decision in January 2010, the House Rules Committee was told Tuesday. House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, asked that the committee conduct an interim study of how state law needs to be amended to bring Oklahoma into compliance with the decision. …

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Ethics panel shelves municipal-election disclosure draft after jurisdictional flap (access required)

Several people left Friday morning’s meeting of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission scratching their heads after the panel scrapped consideration of a proposed Ethics Interpretation about which entity has authority over municipal-election complaints, campaign finance filings and other issues under the Political Subdivisions Ethics Act. “I’m extremely disappointed,” said Oklahoma Gazette publisher Bill Bleakley. “This is a paramount issue of fair …

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