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Former Edmond mayor Patrice Douglas has turned down the lead job at the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust that would have paid her $250,000 per year. The Oklahoman reports the position’s lucrative salary has generated criticism among elected officials.

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A bipartisan group of legislators and advocacy groups are asking Governor Mary Fallin to order a stop to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's use of mobile scanners capable of seizing money loaded onto prepaid debit cards by alleged criminals.

Republican Sen. Kyle Loveless of Oklahoma City and Democratic Rep. Cory Williams of Stillwater are among those who sent a letter to Fallin on Wednesday asking the governor to issue an executive order suspending use of the devices until the Legislature can address the issue.

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Gov. Mary Fallin is ordering state agencies to sell underused property to raise money that will pay for building maintenance and help offset projected revenue shortfalls.

Fallin issued an executive order Wednesday calling for the state to sell off undeveloped land, unused or underused office buildings, warehouses and residences.

Copies of Gov. Mary Fallin's 2015-34 & 2015-35 executive orders
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After a deadly shooting at a military installation in Tennessee, Gov. Mary Fallin is authorizing the state's adjutant general to arm full-time Oklahoma National Guardsmen at military facilities in Oklahoma.

Fallin issued an executive order on Friday granting Maj. Gen. Robbie Asher the authority to arm National Guard soldiers and airmen with whatever weaponry he deems necessary to adequately provide for their safety and security.

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2015 State of the State address on Feb. 2, 2015.
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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a $7.1 billion budget bill to fund state government and services in the upcoming year. 

The general appropriations measure that Fallin signed Monday provides funding for state agencies for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The measure was approved by the House and Senate in the final days of the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature, which adjourned on May 22. Fallin praised lawmakers for closing a $611 million shortfall without cutting funding for public education.

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Oklahoma school districts could allow teachers and staff with certain firearms training to carry handguns on school property under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill is one of 27 measures the governor signed Tuesday. It allows local school boards to designate school employees to carry a handgun on school property if they've attended either an armed security guard or reserve peace officer training program. Supporters say the new law provides some protection from an armed intruder, especially for rural districts.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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