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Politics and Government
5:54 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Gov. Fallin Vetoes Second Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have required state agencies to disclose to legislators the authority they have for various agency operations.

Fallin vetoed the bill by Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm Broken Arrow, saying it creates "an unnecessarily complicated administrative process."

The bill would have established a process for legislators to seek from state agencies their legal authority for various functions. Agency directors would have 10 days to respond or be subject to removal from office.

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Politics and Government
5:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Gov. Fallin Vetoes Transparency Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation she says would burden state agencies with needless mandates.

Fallin issued the veto on Monday for legislation known as The Governor's Transparency Act of 2015. The bill was previously adopted by the state House and Senate.

The measure would require state agencies to provide legislative committees with copies of any memorandums of understanding entered into during the legislative session.

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Politics and Government
7:01 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Legislature Steps Up To Deal With Budget Shortfall

State agencies are being asked to return to the Capitol to have an in-depth discussion about their budgets, the leaders of the House and the Senate said Thursday. The meetings to discuss budgets are a result of the $611 million dollar shortfall authorized by the State Equalization Board last Tuesday.

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University Of Oklahoma News
3:25 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Renzi Stone To OU Board Of Regents

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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed former University of Oklahoma basketball player and current Oklahoma City businessman Renzi Stone to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents

Fallin announced Thursday that Stone will succeed Tom Clark on the board and will serve a seven-year term.

Stone is a Tulsa native and an OU graduate and played basketball for the Sooners from 1996-2000.

He is the founder, CEO and chairman of the marketing communications company Saxum.

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Politics and Government
6:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Fallin Says State Budget Should Be Legislature's Priority, Doesn't Comment On Anti-Gay Bills

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber of the state capitol shortly before delivering her State of the State address February 3, 2014.
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Updated at 6:30 p.m.  

Gov. Mary Fallin says the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 should be the Legislature's top priority, and she wants lawmakers to closely examine tax credits and other policies that drain available revenue.

Fallin made the comments Wednesday during a speech to reporters and editors at The Associated Press' annual legislative forum.

Fallin also gave some hints on policies she would endorse for the session that begins on Monday, including a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma.

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Politics and Government
4:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Steve Burrage To Tax Commission

Steve Burrage
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Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointment of Steve Burrage to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Fallin's office announced the appointment Wednesday. Burrage, the chairman of the board at BankFirst in Antlers, will serve a six-year term succeeding Jerry Johnson, who is retiring Jan. 31.

Burrage also serves as secretary on the Oklahoma Board of Corrections and as chairman of the board's finance and audit committee.

Fallin appointed Burrage to the corrections board in 2012. Burrage will resign from that board Jan. 31.

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Politics and Government
1:02 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints DA Greg Mashburn To Narcotics Commission

Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County DA
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed District Attorney Greg Mashburn to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday that Mashburn will fill the district attorney slot on the commission. He replaces former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, who did not seek re-election and resigned from the commission.

Mashburn will serve the remaining four years of Harris' seven-year term, pending confirmation from the Oklahoma state Senate.

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Politics and Government
3:29 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Gov. Fallin Creates Criminal Justice Reform Committee

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order creating a special committee to develop reforms to how the state handles nonviolent offenders who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Fallin issued the order Wednesday creating the six-member Oklahoma Justice Reform Steering Committee.

The committee will develop a plan for implementing justice reform measures tailored to Oklahoma's security needs and budget and prioritize ways to reduce prison overcrowding and promote public safety.

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Politics and Government
5:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints Three To Pardon And Parole Board

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Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointments of three people to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Fallin on Friday named two former police officers and a former prosecutor to the five-member panel that considers whether inmates should be released from prison.

Fallin named retired Oklahoma City police lieutenant Robert "Brett" Macy of Newalla to replace Marc Dreyer on the board.

The governor also reappointed Oklahoma City attorney Patricia High and former Oklahoma City police officer Vannessa Price to the board. Each member will serve a four-year term.

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Oklahoma News
5:28 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Gov. Fallin Names Deby Snodgrass As Secretary Of Commerce And Tourism

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Gov. Mary Fallin has named Tourism and Recreation Department Director Deby Snodgrass as the new head of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Fallin announced Wednesday that she will combine two cabinet-level posts and make Snodgrass her Secretary of Commerce and Tourism.

Snodgrass will step down as executive director of the Tourism Department and be replaced with a director selected by the agency's governing commission.

Fallin says combining the two cabinet positions makes sense since both departments have complimentary roles.

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