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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

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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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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.
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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.
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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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