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Politics and Government
3:39 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma And Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

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Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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Immigration Executive Action
6:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Executive Order

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Oklahoma has joined a multistate lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday.

The addition of Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma brings to 24 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville.

Announced last month, the president's unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. 

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Politics and Government
5:54 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

AG Pruitt Joins 20 States In Lawsuit Over Immigration Executive Action

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Attorney General Scott Pruitt is adding Oklahoma to the list of 20 states suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to spare from deportation nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Pruitt announced Tuesday that Oklahoma would join the multistate lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas.

In a statement, Pruitt said the president's executive actions are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

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Politics and Government
7:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt Says ‘Alliance’ With Energy Industry Wasn’t Secret

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

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed Monday that he has worked with the energy industry to push back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda, but denied how The New York Times characterized those efforts, which were detailed in a story published over the weekend.

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7:39 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New York Times: Energy Firms In Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year.
The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state. But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point.
StateImpact Oklahoma
7:22 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Environmentalists: Regional Haze Ruling In Texas Means Cleaner Air In Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

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Politics and Government
4:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

AG Scott Pruit Joins 16 Other Attorneys General To Comment On EPA Rules

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 17 attorneys general from across the U.S. that are commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for power plants emissions.

The proposed guidelines would require coal and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of various toxic air pollutants. But the attorneys general's letter says rule picks winners and losers in the energy context by elevating renewable energy sources at the expense of fossil fuel-fired electric generation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

EPA Rejects Texas’ Plan To Reduce Haze At Oklahoma Wildlife Refuge

Meers area resident Bill Cunningham looks for haze over the Wichita Mountains from the top of Mt. Scott.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s largest utility companies will spend more than $1 billion to upgrade coal-fired power plants or retire them in favor of natural gas, all to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule, which is meant to improve visibility at national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Politics and Government
8:32 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Democrats Call For Budget Rewrite After AG Opinions

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City)
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The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma House says this year's state-appropriated budget needs to be rewritten in light of recent opinions from the attorney general that the Legislature's decision to tap certain state accounts violated of the Oklahoma Constitution.

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Politics and Government
6:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

OK Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Review Health Care Challenge

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider Oklahoma's challenge to the federal health care law.

Pruitt announced Thursday that he has filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the law.

The Supreme Court earlier this month agreed to hear a similar case out of Virginia, but Pruitt notes that in that case neither of the parties is a state.

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