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12:56 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Supreme Court Denies Oklahoma Request To Join Challenge To Health Care Law

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law.

In a one-sentence order on Monday, the nation's high court denied Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's writ of certiorari.

Pruitt wanted the court to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act, arguing it was important to consider state sovereignty implications.

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Oklahoma News
10:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Pending Supreme Court Review, Attorney General Requests Stays Of Oklahoma Executions

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state Capitol.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Monday morning Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for stays of execution for three Oklahoma death row inmates until either the U.S. Supreme Court reaches a decision in the state’s use of the controversial drug midazolam, or the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds another drug to use in the lethal injection procedures.

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Politics and Government
8:02 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Oklahoma AG Will Defend State Execution Protocol

Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says his office will defend the constitutionality of the state's method for executing death row inmates as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge by three death row inmates.

Pruitt says Oklahoma's method has been deemed constitutional by two federal courts and has been successfully implemented in the state as well as in Florida.

Pruitt says his office will work to preserve the Department of Corrections' ability to proceed with death sentences given to each inmate by a jury of their peers.

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Oklahoma News
4:39 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

AG Scott Pruitt Files Workers' Compensation Fraud Charges In Two Cases

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed workers' compensation fraud charges in two separate cases.

Pruitt's office announced the charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Nicholas Hurt and 48-year-old James Cramer. It was unclear if either man had an attorney.

Hurt, of Oklahoma City, allegedly created a false story with co-workers about a broken tooth, saying he was injured at work when in reality his broken tooth was the result of an air-soft gun pellet that was shot while the workers were off the clock.

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Politics and Government
10:15 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Oklahoma AG Joins 25 States To Sue San Francisco Over City Gun Ordinance

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has joined a lawsuit originated by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning against the city of San Francisco, arguing that the city's ordinance requiring handguns be locked when in storage violates the Second Amendment.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the suit filed by the Nebraska AG was joined by Attorney Generals from 25 other states.

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Politics and Government
9:23 am
Sat January 10, 2015

AG: Legality of Tapping Aeronautics Commission Revolving Funds Covered By Earlier Opinions

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt shakes hands at the state Capitol after the annual State of the State address.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorney General Scott Pruitt has denied giving the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission an official or unofficial opinion regarding the $3 million taken out of the commission’s revolving fund by the state Legislature.

Director Victor Bird said Pruitt stated the commission’s situation is covered under his official opinion regarding a similar situation with the Trauma Care Assistance Revolving Fund.

Pruitt issued two official opinions Nov. 18 regarding the Legislature removing money from agency revolving funds.

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Politics and Government
5:38 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Utah Will Not Join Oklahoma And Nebraska In Marijuana Lawsuit

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Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah has no plans to join two other states in suing Colorado over that state's legalization of marijuana.

The Deseret News reports Herbert said Tuesday afternoon that despite no current plans to sue, Utah is keeping an eye on marijuana legalization in its neighbor state.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit last month asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

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Oklahoma News
5:11 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

GOP Legislators Criticize AG Scott Pruitt Over Marijuana Lawsuit

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Several Republican Oklahoma legislators are criticizing Attorney General Scott Pruitt for his decision to join Nebraska in a lawsuit against Colorado over that state's legalization of marijuana.

A group of seven GOP legislators wrote to Pruitt, also a Republican, voicing their concern over the lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Owasso Republican Rep. Mike Ritze says his concern is not about marijuana, but about the right of states to "govern themselves as they see fit."

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Politics and Government
11:58 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Oklahoma, Five Other States File Briefs With Supreme Court Over Health Care Law

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Oklahoma and five other states have filed legal papers with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of their challenge against the Affordable Care Act.

Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia are challenging billions of dollars in Internal Revenue Service subsidies being handed out as part of the implementation of the law. The case is scheduled for argument in March.

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Politics and Government
6:32 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Fallin Suggests Overhauling Budget Process And Use Of Dedicated Tax Revenue

Governor Mary Fallin
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Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday she hopes to work with lawmakers on what she called an “overhaul” of the state’s budgeting process.

“We need to look at making fundamental changes in our budgeting process, even how the Legislature runs its legislative session,” Fallin said following Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Equalization. “In other words, I think we need to focus more on the budget and revenue streams and even possibly look at doing budgeting every year but maybe doing substantive legislation session every other year.”

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