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Politics and Government
8:12 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Governor Fallin Signs Executive Orders

Governor Mary Fallin.
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Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive order that carries forward 24 executive orders from her and previous administrations and eliminates dozens of others.

The governor decided not to renew nearly 70 executive orders, some of which date back 56 years. Many of the orders not being renewed deal with outdated policies and agencies or are inconsistent with federal law.

Thirteen of the 24 executive orders renewed were issued by Fallin. They include:

  • Prohibiting the use of tobacco products on all properties owned, leased or contracted for use by the state of Oklahoma.
  • Prohibiting the use of electronic cigarette or vaping devices on all properties owned, leased or contracted for use by the state of Oklahoma, excluding residents at state veterans homes.
  • Requiring state agencies to submit an electronic copy of proposed permanent rules to the governor and the appropriate Cabinet secretary.
  • Designating Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb as Oklahoma's small business advocate.
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Politics and Government
8:13 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Fallin Talks Budget, Corrections, Medicaid In State Of The State Preview

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers the 2014 State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) look on - February 3, 2014.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin will unveil her executive budget proposal Monday afternoon as she delivers her annual State of the State address to members of the GOP-controlled House and Senate.

With sliding oil prices expected to deepen an already-projected $300 million hole in next year's budget, Fallin told the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange's Michael Cross lawmakers will have to be creative as they attempt to balance a growing list of demands for state resources with a dwindling amount of available revenue.

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Oklahoma Politics
10:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma’s Governor, Congressional Delegation React To State Of The Union

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Most of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and executive leadership criticized President Obama’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night – some even before the speech took place.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Obama can achieve his goal of improving the economic conditions of the middle class by relying on the energy sector to grow the economy and raise per-capita income.

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

Gov. Fallin Creates Criminal Justice Reform Committee

Gov. Mary Fallin
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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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Oklahoma News
1:31 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gov. Fallin Promises To Focus On Health, Education And Criminal Justice Reform

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Gov. Mary Fallin is promising to make health, education and criminal justice reform her priorities as she begins a second and final four-year term as Oklahoma's chief executive.

The 60-year-old governor headlined a chilly swearing-in ceremony Monday on the front steps of the state Capitol with her fellow Republican officeholders. Temperatures were in the low 30s, but gusty winds dropped the wind chill into the teens.

In remarks released ahead of the ceremony, Fallin touted her accomplishments during her first four years in office and charted a course for her second term.

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Politics and Government
8:22 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Fallin, Others To Be Sworn Into Office During Ceremony

Gov. Mary Fallin rehearses her second inaugural address Sunday on the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
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Gov. Mary Fallin and other statewide elected officials are scheduled to take their oaths of office on a cloudy, blustery and cold day in Oklahoma City.

The ceremony is to start at noon Monday on the south steps of the state Capitol.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for fog and drizzle until midmorning, then clouds and temperatures in the low 30s and winds of 16-21 miles per hour with gusts of nearly 30 mph.

Fallin — a Republican — was re-elected to her second and final term in November.

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State Capitol
6:01 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Budget-Only Oklahoma Legislative Sessions Gains Steam, Would Need A Vote Of The People

The Oklahoma Senate
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Support is growing among Republican leaders to have every other legislative session dedicated exclusively to writing the budget.

With as many as 3,000 bills filed every year, rank-and-file legislators complain they have little time to dedicate to working out Oklahoma's annual spending plan.

A proposal last year to send the issue to voters passed the House with bipartisan support, but was derailed in the Senate.

But Republican Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed the plan during her campaign for governor, and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said this week he's open to the idea.

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Politics and Government
12:52 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Fallin To Celebrate Election With Inaugural Events

Governor Mary Fallin at her swearing in ceremony in January 2011.
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Gov. Mary Fallin will celebrate the start of another four years in office with a series of inaugural events, beginning this week in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Fallin is expected to raise and spend more than $1 million on events that will culminate with a $150-per-person inaugural ball at the Cox Convention Center on Jan. 12.

She will be sworn into office on the same day during a public ceremony at the state Capitol.

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Politics and Government
1:28 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State Equalization Board Certifies Revenue For Next Year, Income Tax Cut Triggered

Gov. Mary Fallin and other state leaders observe a PowerPoint presentation of revenue projections.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The State Board of Equalization met Thursday to certify state revenues for Gov. Mary Fallin's budgeting ahead of the next legislative session and fiscal year. Oklahoma has enough revenue to trigger an income tax cut.

The amount of money available to fund state government is trending flat, but officials say lackluster revenues seem manageable.

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Politics and Government
3:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

OK Supreme Court Rules Governors Can Use Executive Privilege To Protect Advice

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The state's highest court says Oklahoma governors have a privilege to protect confidential advice from top officials while deliberating policy and making executive decisions.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court said in a ruling released Tuesday the governor has a unique executive privilege that can't be encroached by the Legislature.

The decision was handed down Tuesday in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma on behalf of the owners of a satirical website that pokes fun at Gov. Mary Fallin and other public officials.

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