fallin http://kgou.org en Fallin: Oklahoma’s Energy Plan Showing Success http://kgou.org/post/fallin-oklahoma-s-energy-plan-showing-success <p></p><p>Building new markets for Oklahoma energy products is a goal of <a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/">Gov. Mary Fallin’s</a> <a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/documents/Governor%20Fallin's%20Energy%20Plan%20-%20Jan%202012.pdf">energy plan</a>.</p><p>Several speakers at the <a href="http://msb.okcu.edu/news-events/events/governor-s-energy-conference/">Governor’s Energy Conference</a> praised Fallin’s administration for developing a plan for the state energy sector.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 3877 at http://kgou.org Fallin: Oklahoma’s Energy Plan Showing Success Gov. Fallin Restores Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/gov-fallin-restores-horse-slaughter-oklahoma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While eliminating a ban on horse processing plants in Oklahoma wasn’t on the top of the policy agenda for </span><a href="http://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/newsroom/newsroom_article.php?id=223&amp;article_id=11374">Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mary </span>Fallin</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, late Friday she signed a bill that overturns a five decade long ban on the practice.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How you view the horse and its role in American life, likely also determines where you are in the debate over allowing the processing of </span>horsemeat<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Oklahoma.</span></p><p>If “companion animal,” or “pet,” comes first to mind, you’re probably against the slaughter of horses. And according to a recent <a href="http://soonerpoll.com/poll-oklahoma-voters-strongly-oppose-horse-slaughter/">SoonerPoll.com</a>&nbsp;public opinion survey, you also agree with the majority of Oklahomans.</p><p>But if you think of horses as “work animals,” or “tools” to help on the ranch or farm, you are probably in favor of <a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=hb1999&amp;Session=1300">House Bill 1999</a>. The Senate approved the bill <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kgou/files/hb1999%20senate%20vote.pdf">32-14</a> this week.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:49:31 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 2872 at http://kgou.org Gov. Fallin Restores Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma Looking Ahead to Local Control of Tobacco Regulation http://kgou.org/post/looking-ahead-local-control-tobacco-regulation <p></p><p></p><p>Last month, <a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/" target="_blank">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> announced her plans to support an initiative petition in 2014 to change the way tobacco is regulated in Oklahoma.</p><p>“A direct vote to the people is very new, and is a dramatic new tactic to repeal tobacco control preemption in Oklahoma,” said <a href="http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/G/Michael.S.Givel-1/" target="_blank">Michael Givel</a>, a University of Oklahoma political scientist and the co-author of the upcoming book <a href="https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739176924"><em>Heartland Tobacco War</em></a>, out this summer.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:50:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Brian Hardzinski 2352 at http://kgou.org Looking Ahead to Local Control of Tobacco Regulation Gov. Fallin Shares Workers' Compensation Changes with OKC Chamber http://kgou.org/post/gov-fallin-shares-workers-compensation-changes-okc-chamber <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Mary&nbsp;</span>Fallin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;told members of the Oklahoma City Chamber she supports many of the changes contained in workers' compensation law making its way through the legislature.</span></p></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma's ranked among the top states in the nation on workers' compensation premium costs," Fallin said. "I've told our legislators, and our Pro Tem, and our Speaker, 'If you get a bill to my desk that does those things, I am very supportive of moving toward an administrative system.'"</span></p><p>Fallin's&nbsp;comments on Feb. 21 were the first to endorse the plan outlined in a bill by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian&nbsp;Bingman&nbsp;of&nbsp;Sapulpa.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:33:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 1644 at http://kgou.org Gov. Fallin Shares Workers' Compensation Changes with OKC Chamber