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2011 Oklahoma Legislature Files 2229 Bills

In Oklahoma Legislation on January 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

From OK-Safe’s blog;

Sure glad the Republican led Oklahoma legislature is serious about “smaller, smarter government”.

Between the OK House and Senate 2229 bills have been filed: 1217 by the House, and 1012 by the Senate.  The deadline for filing was Thursday, January 20, 2011 and apparently all 101 House members and 48 Senators made the deadline.

A preliminary glance does not reveal many repealer bills.  Too bad for us.

The 2011 Oklahoma Legislative session begins on Monday, February 7, 2011.

Better start reading.

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“Two-year rule” for legislators being largely ignored

In Oklahoma State Government on January 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

By Andrew W. Griffin

Red Dirt Report, editor

Posted: January 7, 2011

reddirtreporter@gmail.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – While Governor-elect Mary Fallin has named former State Sen. Glenn Coffee as her choice for Secretary of State, some current legislators, political observers and constitutionalists are wondering if that was such a wise idea.

Coffee, who was the State Senate Pro Tempore, up until last session, appears to have found a loophole so he could legally land a job working for the state, in his case – Secretary of State.

And one source close to Red Dirt Report said Coffee had been campaigning for the Secretary of State job as early as last spring.

Apparently, the incoming Fallin administration felt Coffee, who was part of Fallin’s “transition team,” was qualified enough for the job despite his shaky time in the Senate, a time which found him addressing tax problems, dealing with unpaid traffic tickets and giving his staff hefty raises despite a budget shortfall.

And the Fallin team had hailed Coffee, noting his ability to help with “fiscal discipline.”

As noted in an Oklahoma Watchdog article from last November headlined “Troubled Coffee to be part of Fallin transition team,” it notes a questionable Canada trip made by Coffee and his successor Brian Bingman which involved the use of limousines on the taxpayer’s dime.

Hmmm. With all these issue it makes one wonder about why Coffee was Fallin’s top choice.

Red Dirt Report called Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz for further comment on the Coffee appointment but that call was not returned by the time this article was scheduled to be published.

And now with Coffee transitioning himself, this time into the office of the Secretary of State, the issue of a legislator taking a state job immediately after leaving office rears its ugly head once again.

Ron Black, writing at his Gorilla Rants blog, wrote this week: “The issue of whether or not Coffee can take the job because of the Constitutional referendum on legislators taking a state job may be a moot point because the statute is specific to positions created by the legislature. The Secretary of State is a Constitutional post – but it sure as hell may be time to revisit that law and have it include a two-year moratorium on ALL state jobs for a period of two years. Of course, the legislature probably wouldn’t go for that because the vast majority of our elected officials are chomping at the bits to trade-up, to get better, more lucrative government paychecks.”

According to the Oklahoma Constitution, “No member of the Legislature shall, during the term for which he was elected, be appointed or elected to any office or commission in the State, which shall have been created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased, during his term of office, nor shall any member receive any appointment from the Governor, the Governor and Senate, or from the Legislature, during the term for which he shall have been elected, nor shall any member, during the term for which he shall have been elected, or within two years thereafter, be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract with the State, or any county or other subdivision thereof, authorized by law passed during the term for which he shall have been elected.”

“Pretty plain,” said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, a critic of those who bend the rules to land state jobs.

“My reading of the Constitution and the Attorney General’s opinion has persuaded me not to accept a job in the executive branch two years after leaving the legislature,” Reynolds told Red Dirt Report.

And as noted in a July 2010 News 9 report, Attorney General Drew Edmondson addressed the two-year rule in an opinion noting that as long as former legislators are not paid with state appropriated dollars and the legislature did not create the position, then lawmakers do not have to wait two years.

That doesn’t fly with legislators like Reynolds who want the law followed as it was intended.

Said Reynolds: “I took an oath to uphold the constitution of Oklahoma. That is an oath to uphold the constitution as we understand it, not as someone else understands it.”

Referring to the aforementioned News 9 report, it quotes then-State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage as saying that “Personally, I don’t think they should be able to be employed for two years after they leave office, regardless of where the money comes from.”

Burrage also said in the News 9 report that legislators should not be employed with the state for two years after they leave office, “regardless of where the money comes from.”

Reynolds also noted that he “toyed” with the idea of writing a constitutional amendment to clarify the law but figured since it says it clearly he didn’t feel it warranted any further time.

Reynolds suggested that an “independently wealthy person” may want to spend the money to take the issue to court but understands why most taxpayers aren’t willing to do it, considering the daunting court costs.

Reynolds said colleagues, like former State Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso), who took a state job at the Oklahoma Insurance Department, are being told that they can move into state jobs despite the law.

Still, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of some folks, like a legislative source who spoke to Red Dirt Report Thursday on condition of anonymity.

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Oklahoma Speaker-elect Announces House Committee Assignments

In Oklahoma Legislators, Oklahoma State Capitol on December 22, 2010 at 8:11 am

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Media Division

December 21, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: House Media

Capitol: (405) 557-7421

Speaker-elect Announces House Committee Assignments

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele today announced
committee assignments for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.

“Although Oklahoma faces significant challenges this year, I
am confident the members of the House are more than up to the task,” said
Steele, R-Shawnee. “I appreciate each member’s willingness to serve and,
after careful consideration, believe we have matched members to committees
in a way that will best utilize each legislator’s gifts and talents.”

The committee assignments for the Oklahoma House of
Representatives are as follows:

Appropriations & Budget

Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, Chair

Scott Martin, R-Norman, Vice-Chair

Don Armes, R-Faxon

Lisa Billy, R-Purcell

Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell

Doug Cox, R-Grove

David Dank, R-Oklahoma City

Lee Denney, R-Cushing

Dale DeWitt, R-Braman

Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City

Ron Peters, R-Tulsa

Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa

Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah

Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs

Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita

Jerry McPeak, D-Warner

Purcy Walker, D-Elk City

Human Services

Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, Chair

Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, Vice-Chair

Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma
City

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow

Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie

Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City

Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs

Ron Peters, R-Tulsa

Harold Wright, R-Weatherford

Donnie Condit, D-McAlester

Wade Rousselot, D-Okay

Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa

Ben Sherrer, D-Pryor

Government Modernization

Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, Chair

Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur, Vice-Chair

David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow

Josh Cockroft, R-McLoud

David Derby, R-Owasso

Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa

Lewis Moore, R-Edmond

Aaron Stiles, R-Norman

Randy Terrill, R-Moore

John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow

Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City

Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa

Purcy Walker, D-Elk City

Higher Education & Career Tech

Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, Chair

Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, Vice-Chair

Dennis Casey, R-Morrison

Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond

Lee Denney, R-Cushing

Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City

Scott Martin, R-Norman

Lewis Moore, R-Edmond

Tom Newell, R-Seminole

Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City

Phil Richardson, R-Minco

T. W. Shannon, R-Lawton

Randy Terrill, R-Moore

Harold Wright, R-Weatherford

Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City

Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City

Emily Virgin, D-Norman

Cory Williams, D-Stillwater

General Government

Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, Chair

Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, Vice Chair

Lisa Billy, R-Purcell

Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City

Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City

Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City

Scott Martin, R-Norman

Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville

Dustin Roberts, R-Durant

Randy Terrill, R-Moore

Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa

Donnie Condit, D-McAlester

Larry Glenn, D-Miami

Wade Rousselot, D-Okay

Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris

Energy & Utility Regulation

John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow, Chair

Mike Jackson, R-Enid, Vice-Chair

Don Armes, R-Faxon

David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow

Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond

Lee Denney, R-Cushing

Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan

Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa

Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow

Charles Ortega, R-Altus

Ron Peters, R-Tulsa

Marty Quinn, R-Claremore

Todd Russ, R-Cordell

Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher

Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon

T. W. Shannon, R-Lawton

Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa

Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore

Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur

Scott Inman, D-Del City

Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs

Jerry McPeak, D-Warner

Danny Morgan, D-Prague

Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa

Wade Rousselot, D-Okay

Ben Sherrer, D-Pryor

Public Health

John Enns, R-Enid, Chair

David Derby, R-Owasso, Vice-Chair

Doug Cox, R-Grove

Randy Grau, R-Edmond

Corey Holland, R-Marlow

Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs

Ron Peters, R-Tulsa

Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow

Sean Roberts, R-Hominy

Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon

Ed Cannaday, D-Porum

Wes Hilliard, D-Sulphur

Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City

Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa

Administrative Rules and Government Oversight

George Faught, R-Muskogee, Chair

Purcy Walker, D-Elk City, Vice-Chair

Gary Banz, R-Midwest
City

David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow

Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City

Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa

Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa

Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City

Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa

Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell

Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City

Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City

Veterans & Military Affairs

Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, Chair

Lewis Moore, R-Edmond, Vice-Chair

Gary Banz, R-Midwest City

John Bennett, R-Sallisaw

Ann Coody, R-Lawton

Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond

John Enns, R-Enid

Rusty Farley, R-Haworth

Dustin Roberts, R-Hominy

Aaron Stiles, R-Norman

Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita

Scott Inman, D-Del City

Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa

Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo

Judiciary

Fred Jordan, R-Jenks, Chair

Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon, Vice-Chair

Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell

Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond

Randy Grau, R-Edmond

Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa

Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa

Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle

Aaron Stiles, R-Norman

Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa

Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa

Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore

Scott Inman, D-Del City

Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City

Ben Sherrer, D-Pryor

Emily Virgin, D-Norman

Cory Williams, D-Stillwater

Transportation

T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, Chair

Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City, Vice-Chair

Josh Cockroft, R-McLoud

Rusty Farley, R-Haworth

George Faught, R-Muskogee

Randy Grau, R-Edmond

Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City

Tommy Hardin, R-Madill

Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City

Scott Martin, R-Norman

Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie

Phil Richardson, R-Minco

Sean Roberts, R-Hominy

Todd Thomsen, R-Ada

Harold Wright, R-Weatherford

Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah

Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs

James Lockhart, D-Heavener

Jerry McPeak, D-Warner

Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa

Public Safety

Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, Chair

Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville, Vice-Chair

John Bennett, R-Sallisaw

Josh Cockroft, R-McLoud

Doug Cox, R-Grove

Tommy Hardin, R-Madill

Fred Jordan, R-Jenks

Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City

Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore

Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa

Todd Thomsen, R-Ada

Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City

Ed Cannaday, D-Porum

Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita

Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City

Brian Renegar, D-McAlester

Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo

Agriculture, Wildlife & Environment

Phil Richardson, R-Minco, Chair

Todd Russ, R-Cordell, Vice-Chair

John Bennett, R-Sallisaw

Lisa Billy, R-Purcell

Dennis Casey, R-Morrison

John Enns, R-Enid

Rusty Farley, R-Broken Haworth

Tommy Hardin, R-Madill

Mike Jackson, R-Enid

Tom Newell, R-Seminole

Charles Ortega, R-Altus

Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle

Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher

Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City

Larry Glenn, D-Miami

Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs

James Lockhart, D-Heavener

R. C. Pruett, D-Antlers

Brian Renegar, D-McAlester

Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris

Common Education

Ann Coody, R-Lawton, Chair

Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, Vice-Chair

Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell

Dennis Casey, R-Morrison

Doug Cox, R-Grove

Corey Holland, R-Marlow

Fred Jordan, R-Jenks

Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City

Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City

Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs

Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore

Dustin Roberts, R-Durant

Ed Cannaday, D-Porum

Donnie Condit, D-McAlester

Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa

Emily Virgin, D-Norman

Rules

Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, Chair

Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, Vice-Chair

Don Armes, R-Faxon

David Dank, R-Oklahoma City

Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan

Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City

Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond

Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa

Marty Quinn, R-Claremore

John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow

Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs

Larry Glenn, D-Miami

Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City

Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa

Cory Williams, D-Stillwater

Insurance

Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, Vice-Chair

Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City

David Dank, R-Oklahoma City

Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa

Marty Quinn, R-Claremore

Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow

Sean Roberts, R-Hominy

Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City

Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs

Danny Morgan, D-Prague

Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City

Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa

Economic Development, Tourism & Financial Services

Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond, Chair

Charles Ortega, R-Altus, Vice-Chair

Don Armes, R-Faxon

Lee Denney, R-Cushing

George Faught, R-Muskogee

Corey Holland, R-Marlow

Mike Jackson, R-Enid

Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow

Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa

Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle

Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore

Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City

Todd Russ, R-Cordell

Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa

Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah

Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City

Danny Morgan, D-Prague

Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City

Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City

Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City

Long-term Care & Senior Services

Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

R.C. Pruett, D-Antlers, Vice-Chair

Lisa Billy, R-Purcell

Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell

Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City

Ann Coody, R-Lawton

David Dank, R-Oklahoma City

Tom Newell, R-Seminole

Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow

Ed Cannaday, D-Porum

Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell

James Lockhart, D-Heavener

Appropriations Subcommittee on Revenue & Taxation

David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, Vice-Chair

Mike Jackson, R-Enid

Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville

Tom Newell, R-Seminole

Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City

Todd Russ, R-Cordell

Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa

Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah

Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City

R. C. Pruett, D-Antlers

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

Lee Denney, R-Cushing, Chair

Corey Holland, R-Marlow, Vice-Chair

Gary Banz, R-Midwest City

Dennis Casey, R-Morrison

Ann Coody, R-Lawton

Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City

Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs

Marty Quinn, R-Claremore

Todd Thomsen, R-Ada

Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa

Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa

Cory Williams, D-Stillwater

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government & Transportation

Guy Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City, Chair

Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, Vice-Chair

George Faught, R-Muskogee

Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan

Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City

Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond

Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie

T. W. Shannon, R-Lawton

Randy Terrill, R-Moore

Larry Glenn, D-Miami

Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa

Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa

Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Health & Social Services

Doug Cox, R-Grove, Chair

Marian Cooksey, R-Edmond, Vice-Chair

Josh Cockroft, R-McLoud

David Derby, R-Owasso

Lewis Moore, R-Edmond

Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa

Sean Roberts, R-Hominy

Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon

Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore

Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell

Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City

Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City

Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services

Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, Chair

Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, Vice-Chair

Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa

Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City

Dustin Roberts, R-Durant

Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa

Steve Vaughan, R-Ponca City

Brian Renegar, D-McAlester

Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa

Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City

Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources & Regulatory Services

Don Armes, R-Faxon, Chair

Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, Vice-Chair

John Enns, R-Enid

Rusty Farley, R-Haworth

Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow

Charles Ortega, R-Altus

Phil Richardson, R-Minco

Brian Renegar, D-McAlester

Jerry Shoemake, D-Morris

Purcy Walker, D-Elk City

Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety

Lisa Billy, R-Purcell, Chair

Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, Vice-Chair

John Bennett, R-Sallisaw

David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow

Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City

Tommy Hardin, R-Madill

Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher

Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs

Donnie Condit, D-McAlester

Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo

Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary

Gus Blackwell, R-Goodwell, Chair

Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, Vice-Chair

Randy Grau, R-Edmond

Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City

John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow

Fred Jordan, R-Jenks

Aaron Stiles, R-Norman

Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City

Ben Sherrer, D-Pryor

Emily Virgin, D-Norman

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