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AG Says No to Gov Parole Process Law

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
September 28, 2011

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Oklahoma Attorney Scott Pruitt says a portion of law which moves the Governor out of the pardon and parole process is unconstitutional.

The AG shot down the measure which allows a decision by the pardon and parole board to go through if the governor makes no action on it within 30 days.

Governor Fallin supports the law as it is and says it still could be fixed by lawmakers.

“There is another legislator who has a resolution to propose to send to a ballot vote to the people of Oklahoma, so we’ll see what the legislature does with that.”

The Governor says she also supports the idea of letting voters decide whether to change the constitution.

AG Pruitt says while the pardon and parole board can’t make a decision without the Governor’s approval the measure also set an unconstitutional time limit on the head of state.

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