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Archive for: January 10th, 2013

Fallin Announces New Appointments

Governor’s Office

Governor Fallin today announced the following appointments to various boards, councils and commissions:

Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society

Charles Tate of Ardmore is the president of Hatak Shawi’, a company that performs historical research for the Chickasaw Nation. He was an attorney in private practice before serving as a special district judge in Carter County, from which he retired. He is a member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and a board member of the Arbuckle Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Tate received a bachelor’s degree from Phillips University in Enid and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He will serve a three year term and is replacing Ken Rainbolt and represents District Three.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Scotty Herriman of South Coffeyville is owner of Herriman Farms. He also serves as a board member of the Cherokee Hills Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council and is past president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. Herriman will serve a five year term and is replacing George Stunkard and represents State Area Number Three. Senate confirmation is required for this appointment

Water Policy for 2060 Advisory Council

Bob Drake of Davis is the owner of Drake Farms in Ardmore. Drake is chairman of the National Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative and is a past president of both the National Cattlemen’s Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.  He has served on both the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Board and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Drake is filling a new position on the board and serves as a member well-versed in rural residential water use.

Tom Buchanan of Altus is a manager at Lugert–Altus Irrigation. He has worked in cotton irrigation since 1980. Buchanan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is filling a new position on the board and serves as a member well-versed in agriculture water use. Senate confirmation is required for his appointment.

Danny Galloway of Stillwater is the city manager of Stillwater.  He also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Technology and Research Park. He is also a board member of the Oklahoma Municipal League and a member and past president of the Kaw Reservoir Trust Authority.  He previously served as vice chair of the Bethany War Acres Public Trust Authority and is a past president of the Oklahoma City Managers Association. He received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He is filling a new position and serves as a member well-versed in municipal water use.

Mark Helm of Edmond is president and chief executive officer of Dolese Bros., a construction materials company. He is currently a board member and past chairman of the Oklahoma Agregates Association, on the board and executive committee member for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and a trustee on the Rocks Build America Foundation. Helm earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He is filling a new position and serves as a member well versed in water efficiency.

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission

Charles Perry of Grove is a broker and owner of ReMax of Grand Lake. He currently serves as a founding member of the Grove Educational Foundation for Excellence, member and past president of the Grove Rotary Club and a board member of the Grand Lake Association. Perry earned a certification from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK. He will serve a six year term and is being reappointed to the commission. Senate confirmation is required for this appointment.

Oklahoma Tax Commission

Tom Kemp of Norman is the chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. He has been with the Oklahoma Tax Commission since 1997 when he served as the general counsel. Kemp was named chairman of the commission in 2001. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in law (LLM) in taxation from Southern Methodist University. Kemp will serve a six year term and is being reappointed to the commission. Senate confirmation is required for this appointment


Bingman, Shannon: Workers Comp Reform Top Of The Agenda

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 “The first item on that list is fundamental workers compensation reform.” ~ House Speaker T.W. Shannon
Speeches on Tuesday’s organizational day at the Capitol are always full of platitudes, but observers look for every hint to learn what to expect in the upcoming  54th session of the Legislature.
The clear winner may be the workers compensation reform issue because the two  legislative leaders did more than hint.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Brian Bingman has  been promoting workers comp reform since he’s been in charge, but to his chagrin, it died last year in the state House after pressure from aggressive lawyer groups.
Bingman, along with the State Chamber of Commerce, may have cheered the loudest when the House’s brand new speaker laid out his vision.
In talking about the economy, Shannon’s proclaimed: “The first item on that list is fundamental worker’s compensation reform.”
Speaking across the rotunda, Bingman sounded the familiar tone, as he directly took on the lawyer groups. “What we have is plain to you, and it’s plain to me—we have a status-quo, inefficient, ineffective, adversarial system. It’s bad for business.”
While Bingman and Shannon have very different styles, it appears they’ve already come together on some important key issues.

Noted Quote: Mullin Says Gun Control EO Idea ‘Absurd’

“What the President and the Executive branch are trying to do on gun control is absurd. The President’s use of executive orders to limit Second Amendment rights is only a tactic to bypass Congress and force untested laws onto the American people.  Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress is required to be the primary source of federal legislation, and I will fight to ensure that Congress does not abandon our responsibility to the American people by delegating our role in government to the executive branch, particularly regarding such an important issue as the Second Amendment.  I will continue to fight against the President’s agenda on gun control. As American citizens we have the Constitutional right to bear arms.” ~ Congressman Markwayne Mullin


Coffee Talk: Stubbed Toe, King Obama

Mike McCarville

^Governor Fallin may, by now, realize how badly she stubbed her toe with her decision not to release emails related to her decision to opt out of Obamacare. She’s raised the ire of The Oklahoman, which has editorialized several times (with more to come, no doubt), of the Oklahoma Press Association, of Freedom of Information and of other open government all-records-are-public advocates.

^An executive order trying to force gun control on the U. S.? If King Obama tries it, expect open defiance by millions.

^A nutty Iowa representative wants all semi-automatic firearms confiscated. Has this guy ever read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? His own state’s laws?

^His title today is Speaker of the House. T. W. Shannon”s future title likely will be Congressman.


Inhofe’s Committee Replacement Purges Staff

http://www.nationaljournal.com//congress/leadership/vitter-purges-environment-committee-staff-20130109


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