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Online retail giant Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Oklahoma customers in March – a move that will send tens of millions of dollars to state and local governments.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday confirmed the arrangement, first reported by Oklahoma Watch the day before, and said collections will begin on March 1. State, city, town and county governments will receive their first extra revenues as early as May. With the change, Oklahoma will become the 40th state where the Seattle-based e-commerce company collects and remits sales and use taxes.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma has received an extension to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

Fallin said Tuesday the extension is through June 6, 2017, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that failure to act during the 2017 legislative session to commit Oklahoma to all REAL ID requirements could result in the denial of future extensions.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a prediction from Governor Fallin that she will be facing a shortfall of $500M to $600M for her executive budget and news that the Trump Administration is not picking her to be the Secretary of the Interior.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a look at possible suggestions to replace Pruitt should he get Senate approval, the heads of the Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes are endorsing Governor Mary Fallin for Secretary of the Interior and State House Minority Leader Scott Inman is considering a run for Governor in 2018.

“Gov. Mary Fallin and the state’s tribal governments have not always seen eye-to-eye,” The Tulsa World’s Randy Krehbiel and Curtis Killman report, “but that apparently is not preventing at least some of the tribes from giving Fallin their unreserved support for secretary of the interior in President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration.”

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about President-elect Donald Trump naming Governor Mary Fallin as vice-chair for his transitional team and possibly considering her as Interior Secretary. Trump is also talking to other Oklahomans like Attorney General Scott Pruitt and former State House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

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President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with more potential administration picks at Trump Tower Monday. They’re just the latest in a parade of high-profile meetings Trump’s been having over the last few days.

Also over the weekend, Trump settled three civil lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University for $25 million.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is asking a judge to order Governor Mary Fallin’s office to immediately fulfill two Open Records Act requests.

The nursing home advocacy group A Perfect Cause, and the newspaper The Oklahoma Observer, both requested documents in 2014. The governor’s office still has not complied with the request.

ACLU legal director Brady Henderson called the slow response one of the most serious cases of lack of transparency in the state.

This week in Oklahoma Politics,  KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 780 to reclassify certain property and drug crimes as misdemeanors rather than felonies, Donald Trump's slip in the polls and Governor Fallin continues to support the Republican nominee.

The trio also discusses a push by state lawmakers to comply with the Federal Real ID Act after an extension request was denied and Governor Fallin announces changes to her staff.

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