Mary Fallin

State Capitol
5:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Pension Overhaul Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that ends the traditional pension retirement system for newly hired state employees in favor of a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

Fallin signed the measure into law on Friday. The bill moves future state employees from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan similar to private sector plans.

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Gross Production Tax
2:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

VIDEO: StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz On Oil And Gas Incentives

StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz appeared on OETA-The ​Oklahoma Network's Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss a possible constitutional challenge to the controversial tax incentive for oil and gas wells, which Gov. Mary Fallin signed this week.

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State Capitol
7:45 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Abortion, DHS, And Job Incentives Among Dozens Of Bills Signed By Gov. Fallin

A bill that modifies Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act could add thousands of positions at Tinker Air Force Base
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Gov. Mary Fallin signed more than three dozen bills Wednesday, including a controversial abortion measure and legislation designed to prevent abuse and neglect of disabled children.

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Energy
12:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Governor Fallin Urged To Reject Oil Production Tax

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An attorney who has successfully challenged the constitutionality of legislation in the past is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to reject a tax incentive for oil and gas production that he claims is unconstitutional.

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent hand delivered a letter to Fallin's office Tuesday urging her not to approve the bill. Fent says it was passed during the last week of the legislative session in violation of a constitutional requirement.

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Oklahoma News
12:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds Gather For Tornado Anniversary, Hospital Groundbreaking

The Moore Fire Department Honor Guard rings a bell to honor each of the 25 victims of the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Kate Carlton The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Local and state officials gathered Tuesday morning in Moore to honor the 24 people killed and hundreds injured May 20, 2013 when a tornado struck the city.

Gov. Mary Fallin said thousands of Oklahomans went above and beyond the call of duty last year, but singled out educators from Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools.

"Our teachers who used their own bodies as a shield, to help save children, to help protect children,” Fallin said. “Our teachers are our heroes."

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Pledge of allegiance now mandatory
6:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Fallin Signs 17 Bills Into Law Today

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The Pledge of Allegiance will be recited in public schools in Oklahoma at least once a week under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill making the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory was one of 17 measures Fallin signed into law on Tuesday. Existing law requires the posting of a notice in a "conspicuous place" that students not wishing to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance shall not be required to do so.

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Burn ban prohibits any outdoor burning
6:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Fallin Declares State of Emergency, Issues 36-County Burn Ban

Credit Oklahoma Forestry Services

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state emergency across Oklahoma after several wildfires broke out across the state, including a blaze north of Oklahoma City that destroyed at least a half dozen homes and left one man dead.

Fallin also on Monday issued an executive proclamation for a burn ban in 36 counties for about the western half of the state.

Besides a massive wildfire that burned nearly four square miles in Logan County on Sunday, other blazes have been reported near the communities of Altus, Jennings, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward.

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Oklahoma Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

House Responds To Fallin's Pressure With First Override Of Governor's Veto

House Speaker Jeff HIckman, the leader of the chamber increasingly at odds with Governor Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override a veto by Gov. Mary Fallin of a House bill dealing with federal regulations over firearms.

The move is the latest signal of the growing tension between the Republican governor and the GOP-controlled House.

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State Capitol
9:08 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Fallin Vetoes Bills, Urges House Action On Capitol Repairs

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber of the State Capitol before her 2014 State of the State address.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin says she's vetoing more than a dozen House bills in part to send a message to House leaders that they need to take action on some of her top priorities.

Fallin announced 15 vetoes Tuesday and said the House is not taking care of substantive issues that most Oklahomans care about and challenged lawmakers to "step it up."

“This is not a one day deal because we have a limited amount of time to get our work done,” Fallin said when asked whether Tuesday’s vetoes were an isolated incident.

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Oklahoma News
8:54 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Fallin Signs Abortion Hospice Care Bill, Dozens Others Into Law

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an anti-abortion measure that requires caregivers to notify women that perinatal hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion.

The bill was among two dozen measures Fallin signed into law on Monday. Other measures targeted the state's income tax, food stamp fraud, mental health courts and competitive bidding, among other things.

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