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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma AG And Energy Group Sue U.S. Government Over Endangered Species Settlements

The Lesser Prairie Chicken
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance on Monday filed a lawsuit against the federal government, accusing the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of “colluding” with environmental groups to bypass public rule-making procedures to enact endangered species regulations.

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School Shelters
12:30 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Oklahoma High Court Hears School Shelter Arguments

Petitions are completed for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization in December. The group says it does not have enough signatures to put its petition on the ballot.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

An attorney for supporters of an initiative petition to place storm shelters in public schools told the Oklahoma Supreme Court that Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office abused its discretion by re-writing a ballot title that he says was not legally incorrect.

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Affordable Care Act
1:12 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Pruitt Asks Judge To Strike Health Care Law Rule

Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked a federal judge to strike down a regulation that is part of the federal health care overhaul law.

Pruitt made the request in a motion he filed late Tuesday in a lawsuit he filed in U.S. District Court in Muskogee that challenges implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:48 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Review Air Pollution Ruling

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

State Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Oklahoma’s largest utility company, OG&E,have been fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule since the federal agency rejected Oklahoma’s plan to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution at its coal-fired power plants in 2011.

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Affordable Care Act
10:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Oklahoma AG Files Brief In Hobby Lobby Case

Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby as its challenge to a portion of the Affordable Care Act moves forward at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby is challenging a portion of the nation's new health care law that would require it to supply certain types of contraception to its employees. The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in March.

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U.S. Senate
9:54 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Cole, Pruitt Decide Not To Run For U.S. Senate Seat

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are taking their names out of contention as a possible successor to retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

Both Cole and Pruitt released statements late Sunday saying they would not seek the open seat in 2014, and instead plan to run for re-election to their current posts.

A six-term congressman from Moore, Cole said his seniority in the House and seats on major committees make him more valuable to Oklahoma than he could be as a freshman senator.

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U.S. Senate
2:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Coburn Earns Praise From Obama, Oklahoma Colleagues

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced his retirement Thursday night after 9 years in the Senate. Coburn was also elected to the U.S. House in 1994.
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President Obama called U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) a personal friend who was willing to work in a bipartisan manner to fight wasteful spending and cut down on earmarks.

In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Obama noted that he and Coburn were both elected to the Senate in 2004 and quickly became friends after their wives struck up a conversation. Obama said the people of Oklahoma have been "well-served by this 'country doctor from Muskogee' over the past nine years."

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Environment
1:21 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Oklahoma AG To Appeal Regional Haze Lawsuit Ruling

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told a congressional committee in Washington that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state's regional haze lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt spoke Thursday before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power that is overseeing EPA's proposed new greenhouse gas rules that affect electricity generation.

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Environment
9:04 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Pruitt Takes Oklahoma EPA Fight To Capitol Hill

Okla. Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is expected to testify before a congressional committee in Washington.

Pruitt will discuss energy and environmental issues on Thursday with members of a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The panel is overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new greenhouse gas rules that affect electricity generation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:54 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Appeals Court: No New Hearing For Oklahoma In Fight Over EPA Coal Rules

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

A federal appeals court in July ruled the EPA can implement its own plan to limit sulfur dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants over the state’s plan. Oklahoma Gas & Electric — the state’s largest utility — and state Attorney General Scott Pruitt then asked for another hearing. On Thursday, that request was denied.

In an interview with StateImpact, OG&E spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea says the next step — if the parties opposed to the EPA regulations continue to take the legal route — would be an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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