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Oklahoma Politics
2:43 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

A Week Of Discord Among Oklahoma's Legislative Branches

Oklahoma's State Capitol

Long-running tension among Oklahoma's three branches of government reached a boiling point last week after a court decision in two death row cases.

Gov. Mary Fallin accused the state's Supreme Court of overstepping its bounds and some Republican lawmakers were so upset by the court's ruling that they called for the impeachment of justices.

The high court temporarily delayed the pending execution of two death row inmates, then later dropped the stays.

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State Capitol
4:58 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Oklahoma State Agencies Seek More Than $1.1 Billion Spending Increase

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At least 37 state agencies hope to spend more than an additional $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2015, according to budget requests submitted to the Office of Management and Enterprises Services.

The agencies will be asking Gov. Mary Fallin and the Legislature to provide the bulk of that money, $806.0 million, the requests show.

The remainder would come from state revolving funds, $41.2 million, and the federal government, $277.2 million, the requests indicate.

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State Capitol
12:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Not Seeking Re-Election

Senate minority leader Sen. Sean Burrage (D-Claremore)
Credit State Senate

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage says he won't run for re-election next year.

The Democrat from Claremore says he wants to focus his attention on his family and legal career. Burrage has served in the Oklahoma Senate since 2006, and went unchallenged in his re-election bid in 2010.

In November 2011, he was elected Senate Democratic leader. Burrage would have been term-limited in 2018 had he run for re-election next year.

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Health
1:17 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Oklahoma Senate Panel Studies Alzheimer's Impact

A Senate committee is exploring the impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Oklahoma as part of an interim study being conducted while the Legislature is out of session.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to review an annual report from an Alzheimer's Disease task force.

Committee Chairman Sen. Brian Crain says one reason for his study on Alzheimer's Disease is to make sure committee members are aware of issues Oklahomans face getting care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's.

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Politics and Government
2:51 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma State Senator Arrested In Mississippi

Former State Sen. Jay Paul Gumm (D-Durant).
Credit Provided / Oklahoma Senate

The Mississippi state auditor says a former Oklahoma state senator has been arrested for embezzlement.

A news release from State Auditor Stacey Pickering's office says Jay Paul Gumm of Wiggins, Miss., was arrested last week for allegedly embezzling more than $24,000 from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership in Mississippi. Gumm is the former director of the partnership and is now free on $20,000 bond.

Pickering spokesman Brett Kittredge said Wednesday that Gumm is a former state senator from Durant, Okla.

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Politics and Government
12:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Coffee Chosen As General Counsel For State Chamber

Glenn Coffee
Credit Oklahoma Secretary of State

Former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee has been named the new general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma. 

The chamber said Wednesday that Coffee's legal and legislative background make him a good fit for the position. As general counsel, he will provide legal advice for the chamber and serve as a member of its board of directors.

The group lobbies for pro-business reforms and initiatives throughout the state.

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State Capitol
5:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Dialysis, E-Cigarettes, More Fill Senate Study Requests

State Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, has requested an interim study on how dialysis centers receive state certification.
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Senators requested a total of 55 interim studies by Friday’s deadline for submitting their proposals. ECapitol reports the proposed studies cover a variety of different issues.

Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, for example, requested a study of the certification process for dialysis centers, Interim Study Request 2013S-22.

Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Yukon, has requested a study of the taxes and youth access to e-cigarettes. Johnson was the author of one bill related to the issue during the legislative session and contributed language concerning the products for another bill, neither of which was approved.

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Politics and Government
1:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

African-American Judges Honored By State Senate

Clockwise from top right: Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Carlos Chappelle, David Lewis, Tom Colbert
Credit Brian Hardzinski / Photo Illustration

Four groundbreaking African-American judges have been honored by the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution honoring U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, Court of Criminal Appeals Judge David Lewis and Tulsa County District Court Judge Carlos Chappelle.

Miles-LaGrange was the first African-American elected chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in 2008.

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