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The Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted last week to increase registration fees by $50 for all filers, including political action committees, lobbyists, and lobbyist principals. The fee hike is expected to generate roughly $95,300, enough to cover its appropriation loss and […]

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The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, May 26. As a result, all rule amendments proposed and approved by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission became law. Effective immediately the lobbyist registration renewal deadline has been extended from December 31 to […]

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Oklahoma Sen. Ralph Shortey has been charged with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution, and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church. Police found him inside a motel room with a 17-year-old boy. The Oklahoma […]

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Jan Preslar is the new general counsel at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. She replaced former General Counsel Geoffrey Long. Preslar previously served as deputy attorney general and chief of the General Counsel Unit at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office. Photo […]

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin scheduled a special election to fill the upcoming vacancy in House District 75. Rep. Dan Kirby will voluntarily vacate the seat on March 1. Kirby’s resignation allows him to avoid a potentially embarrassing floor vote to […]

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The Oklahoma Ethics Commission recently approved a proposed rule amendment regarding due dates for lobbyist registration and reporting. The intent is to make registration and reporting more convenient by providing more time between the end of the registration or reporting […]

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is considering calling a special legislative session for lawmakers to address the issue of teacher pay raises. Budget cuts during the fiscal year were deeper than necessary, resulting in $140 million of unused and unallocated funds. […]

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The Oklahoma Ethics Commission will conduct a third public hearing on Advisory Opinion AOR-16-01 at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 12, 2016. Questions to be considered pertain to a candidate committee’s use of funds in making expenditures to political […]

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The second regular session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature adjourned sine die on Friday, May 27. Prior to adjournment, lawmakers addressed the growing budget deficit and passed a budget, but failed to pass health care reform legislation or approve an […]

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Oklahoma lobbyist registration renewals are due by December 31, 2015. However, the renewal software is not yet available. Lobbyists will not be able to renew registrations until the software is ready. All registered lobbyists and liaisons will receive an email […]

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State Sen. Rick Brinkley resigned from the Senate just before pleading guilty to federal felony charges on August 20, 2015. The charges stem from an investigation into misappropriated funds from the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa. A lawsuit filed by […]

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Following a lawsuit by the Oklahoma Democratic Party, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission has voted to suspend its rules prohibiting fundraising and distribution of election materials on state-owned property. The Commission will suspend enforcement of Rules 2.6 and 2.7 until they […]

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The state Democratic Party has filed suit in federal court against the state Ethics Commission over rules the agency adopted last year. The Democratic Party argues the new rules, which prohibit fundraising and election material distribution on state-owned property, improperly […]

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Gov. Mary Fallin has called a special election to fill the seat of state Sen. Rick Brinkley. A primary election for the District 34 seat will be held on November 10, 2015 and a general election on January 12, 2016. […]

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