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Oklahoma's governor would have broad new powers to appoint the directors of ten different state entities under a bill narrowly passed by a Senate committee.

The Senate General Government Committee voted 5-4 on Monday for the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm, despite concerns it gives the governor too much power. Dahm says he expects the bill to be rewritten.

The bill calls for the heads of ten different state agencies and boards to be fired effective Jan. 1 and allows the governor to name their replacement.

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Several Republican governors, including Mary Fallin, are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm against legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if the bill doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Governors in both parties in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security concerns should Congress fail to resolve its latest budget standoff. 

Homeland Security's $40 billion budget runs out Feb. 27, giving federal lawmakers only a few days to reach an agreement once they return from recess next week.

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.

Gov. Mary Fallin has called on President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

A portion of the pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf Coast is complete and operating, however the northern portion requires presidential approval because it crosses an international border.

Gov. Mary Fallin during her 2015 State of the State address Feb. 2, 2015.
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Gov. Mary Fallin has imposed a moratorium on hiring and pay raises for state workers.

Fallin issued an executive order Monday that tightens hiring and wage adjustment practices for employees at all state agencies. The hiring freeze and pay raise moratorium does not affect common or higher education employees.

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The Oklahoma House has approved prescription drug monitoring legislation that is one of Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2015 Legislature.

House members voted 64-30 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for debate and a vote. The bill was approved without opposition last week by the House Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances Committee.

The measure by Republican Rep. Doug Cox of Grove requires health care providers to consult a prescription drug repository before prescribing or refilling opiates and a variety of other narcotics.

Governor Fallin Signs Executive Orders

Feb 7, 2015
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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.
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.
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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.

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
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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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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 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.

Gov. Mary Fallin rehearses her second inaugural address January 11 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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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.

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.

Gov. Mary Fallin and other state leaders observe a PowerPoint presentation of revenue projections.
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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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