Mary Fallin

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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Oklahoma News
4:55 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Gov. Fallin Appoints First Female To Wildlife Commission

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Gov. Mary Fallin is appointing the first-ever woman to serve on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday she is naming Leigh Gaddis of Ada to replace the late Harland Stonecipher on the eight-member panel. Gaddis' appointment is pending confirmation from the Oklahoma Senate.

The owner of a financial planning and investment firm, Gaddis helped Fallin host a deer hunt in 2011 and is a regular participant in shooting sports.

Fallin is Oklahoma's first female governor and previously was the state's first female lieutenant governor.

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Politics and Government
5:02 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Governor Fallin's Office Agrees To Settlement In Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

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Governor Mary Fallin's office has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the former director of Fallin's Tulsa office.

The Tulsa World reported the dismissal of the wrongful termination lawsuit on Sunday. Wendy Gregory filed the suit claiming she was fired because the governor's office feared bad publicity after the Internal Revenue Service sought to garnish her salary due to a child support dispute involving her husband and his previous wife.

Gregory has said the IRS soon withdrew the action.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oklahoma Outcry Continues Against EPA’s ‘Waters Of The United States’ Rule

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Since the federal Clean Water Act first became law in 1972, there’s been confusion over which bodies of water qualify for protection under its provisions. Enter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, which means to bring clarity to the situation.

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