Mary Fallin

This Week in Oklahoma it's the final episode before summer break. KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the primary elections including the Tulsa Mayoral race, the fate of incumbents on the state and federal level and the success of educators vying for legislative seats.

NBC News looks at Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin as a possible candidate for Donald Trump's running mate.

Gov. Mary Fallin is directing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to suspend the use of mobile scanners capable of seizing money loaded onto prepaid debit cards by alleged criminals.

Fallin announced her decision late Friday after the use of the cards raised concern among civil libertarians and a number of bipartisan groups and lawmakers. She says she wants to suspend use of the devices until a clear policy for using the new technology can be developed by the Department of Public Safety.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the effect the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida has had on the debate over national security and gun rights as well as the Presidential campaign, the upcoming local, state and federal primaries June 28th and the $250,000 a year job for former Edmond Mayor and Republican Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas.

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Oklahoma's governor is criticizing the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust governing board for hiring a new chief executive officer at $250,000 a year.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday said she has instructed Health and Human Services Secretary Terry Cline to reject the salary.

Fallin's office claims the hire violates the spirit of an executive order she issued last year requiring approval from a top statewide elected official or cabinet secretary before making new hires or offering raises or bonuses.

Logan Layden

Southeast Oklahoma has many of the state’s largest lakes and rivers and much of the state’s water, but no one from the area serves on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the state’s water regulator. A 2013 law requires the area to have representation. But, so far, that hasn’t happened.

WATER BUT NO REP

Governor Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a bill mandating pardon and parole board hearings for inmates convicted of crimes requiring payment of 85 percent of a sentence. 

House Bill 3159 earned almost unanimous support in both the House and the Senate during the 55th legislative session.

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Knowing this year's legislative session would be tumultuous with a giant hole in the budget, Gov. Mary Fallin challenged lawmakers at the start of session to make structural improvements to the budget and put new, stable sources of revenue on the table.

She pushed for bold proposals like a teacher pay raise, a tax on cigarettes, school district consolidation, and modernizing the sales tax code.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law legislation that banks boom-time tax revenues to cushion the state during energy downturns.

The Energy Revenues Stabilization Act was created through House Bill 2763, authored by Rep. John Montgomery, R-Lawton. The measure siphons off above-average tax revenues levied on corporations and oil and gas production and saves it in an account that can be tapped during state funding emergencies.

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The author of a bill making abortions a felony wants to talk with Governor Mary Fallin before calling on lawmakers to override the governor’s veto.

Senator Nathan Dahm and seven other Republicans joined him during a press conference while other legislators were in conference over the budget, but he says this needs to be done as well.

"We are all working on the budget. We are all in discussions for the budget. That is our top priority as well, but we are able to work on the budget while also working on these issues that are so important to so many Oklahomans."

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