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February 5, 2014

Oklahoma Growth Summit – Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Tulsa

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Save the date for the first ever Oklahoma Growth Summit, to be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 in Tulsa.  This event is being sponsored by OCPA-Impact, the Tulsa912 Project, and AFP.

From our friends at Tulsa912 Project:

“Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Oklahoma’s Rock Star Attorney General Scott Pruitt speak on “Pushing Back Against Federal Overreach” a subject near and dear to all our hearts.

Scott Pruitt

Tickets are only $12, and include lunch. You will get way more than your money’s worth! So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets NOW! 

www.OKGrowthSummit.com

Also Speaking:

U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine, discussing the role your U.S. Senators and Representatives can play in reining in the Federal Government

Travis Brown, author of How Money Walks, discussing how, across America, capital is moving from high-tax locations to low-tax locations; 

Steve Anderson, former budget director for Gov. Sam Brownback, explaining how Kansas has been placed on a path to zero state income tax; 

Jonathan Small, vice president for policy at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, outlining the steps that can be taken to turbocharge economic freedom in Oklahoma; 

Several of Oklahoma’s state elected officials, emphasizing the importance of economic freedom in our state and nation. 

Get your tickets TODAY!  RSVP here.”

 

 

 

November 26, 2012

Reminder! Open Meeting and Open Records Acts Seminars – Hosted by OK A.G.’s office

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OK-SAFE, Inc. – REMINDER! Three More Open Meetings and Records Seminars left  – November 29th,  December 6th and 13th. Details about the times and locations are below.

Want to become better informed and make government more transparent?

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office is hosting 6 3 more seminars on Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records Acts, from September 27, 2012 November 29 through December 13, 2012.  This is a great opportunity for grassroots groups to expand their knowledge of how these two acts work, how to successfully make open records requests, and gain access to those all-important source documents.

More information is on the Oklahoma Press Association website.

Press Release from the A.G.’s office.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Diane Clay, Communications Director for Attorney General Scott Pruitt, (405) 522-0166, (405) 250-8792 cell, Diane.Clay@oag.ok.gov

Karee Pyeatt, Public Information Officer, (405) 522-4400, Karee.Pyeatt@oag.ok.gov

Attorney General offers Open Meeting and Open Records Seminars

Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office will host six regional seminars on the Oklahoma Open Meeting and Open Records Acts. The regional seminars are being held across the state in partnership with the Oklahoma Press Association and Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.

This year’s meetings will feature Rob Hudson, First Assistant Attorney General and former Payne County District Attorney, and the attorney general’s Communications Director Diane Clay, who has 20 years of experience working in media and government.

“Oklahoma’s open meeting and open records laws provide the framework for public access to government,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.  “The seminars are an excellent opportunity for community residents and public officers to learn more about transparency in government.”

The seminars are designed to answer questions concerning the state’s open meeting and records laws and inform elected or appointed officials about their responsibility under the acts. Hudson and Clay will also discuss requirements on access to public records and the conduct of public meetings.

There is no cost or registration required to attend. Attorneys can receive three continuing legal education credit hours from the Oklahoma Bar Association for attending the seminar. School board members and superintendents can get three continuing education credit hours from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and technology center board members can earn three continuing education credit hours from the state Department of Career and Technology Education.

The seminars will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to the public. The remaining three meetings will be held at these locations across Oklahoma:

  • November 29, McAlester – Kiamichi Technology  Center, 301 Kiamichi Drive, McAlester, OK 74501
  • Dec. 6, Tulsa – Tulsa Technology Center, Riverside Campus, 801 E. 91st Street, Tulsa, OK 74132
  • Dec. 13, Enid – Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow Rd., Enid, OK 73703

For more information, call (888) 815-2672 or go online to http://www.okpress.com/seminars.

September 19, 2012

A.G.’s Office to Host Seminars on OK Open Meeting and Open Records Acts

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OK-SAFE, Inc. – Want to become better informed and make government more transparent?

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office is hosting 6 seminars on Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records Acts, from September 27, 2012 through December 13, 2012.  This is a great opportunity for grassroots groups to expand their knowledge of how these two acts work, how to successfully make open records requests, and gain access to those all-important source documents.

More information is on the Oklahoma Press Association website.

Press Release from the A.G.’s office.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Diane Clay, Communications Director for Attorney General Scott Pruitt, (405) 522-0166, (405) 250-8792 cell, Diane.Clay@oag.ok.gov

Karee Pyeatt, Public Information Officer, (405) 522-4400, Karee.Pyeatt@oag.ok.gov

Attorney General offers Open Meeting and Open Records Seminars

Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office will host six regional seminars on the Oklahoma Open Meeting and Open Records Acts. The regional seminars are being held across the state in partnership with the Oklahoma Press Association and Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.

This year’s meetings will feature Rob Hudson, First Assistant Attorney General and former Payne County District Attorney, and the attorney general’s Communications Director Diane Clay, who has 20 years of experience working in media and government.

“Oklahoma’s open meeting and open records laws provide the framework for public access to government,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.  “The seminars are an excellent opportunity for community residents and public officers to learn more about transparency in government.”

The seminars are designed to answer questions concerning the state’s open meeting and records laws and inform elected or appointed officials about their responsibility under the acts. Hudson and Clay will also discuss requirements on access to public records and the conduct of public meetings.

There is no cost or registration required to attend. Attorneys can receive three continuing legal education credit hours from the Oklahoma Bar Association for attending the seminar. School board members and superintendents can get three continuing education credit hours from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and technology center board members can earn three continuing education credit hours from the state Department of Career and Technology Education. The seminars will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to the public. 

The meetings will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at six locations across Oklahoma:

  • Sept. 27, Lawton, Great Plains Technology Center, 4500 W Lee Blvd;
  • Oct. 18, Weatherford, Stafford Air & Space Museum, 3000 Logan Road;
  • Oct. 25, Oklahoma City, Metro Technology Center, 1900 Springlake Dr.,
  • November 29, McAlester,Kiamichi Technology  Center, 301 Kiamichi Drive;
  • Dec. 6, Tulsa, Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside Campus, 801 E. 91st Street;
  • Dec. 13, Enid, Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow Rd.

For more information, call (888) 815-2672 or go online to http://www.okpress.com/seminars.

 

August 12, 2011

Appeals Court Rules Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the individual mandate called for in the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obama Care”, passed in March 2010.  (Read full opinion here.)

OK Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s reaction to this decision is noted below the AP announcement.

From the Associated Press,  8/12/11:

“Appeals court strikes health insurance requirement

Legality of the individual mandate is expected to go to the Supreme Court

By Greg Bluestein, AP 8/12/11

Washington – A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.

The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the so-called individual mandate, siding with 26 states that had sued to block the law. But the panel didn’t go as far as a lower court that had invalidated the entire overhaul as unconstitutional.

The states and other critics argued the law violates people’s rights, while the Justice Department countered that the legislative branch was exercising a “quintessential” power.

The decision, penned by Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Circuit Judge Frank Hull, found that “the individual mandate contained in the Act exceeds Congress’s enumerated commerce power.”

“What Congress cannot do under the Commerce Clause is mandate that individuals enter into contracts with private insurance companies for the purchase of an expensive product from the time they are born until the time they die,” the opinion said.

Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus disagreed in a dissent.”

The AP article continues:

“The states urged the 11th Circuit to uphold Vinson’s ruling, saying in a court filing that letting the law stand would set a troubling precedent that “would imperil individual liberty, render Congress’s other enumerated powers superfluous, and allow Congress to usurp the general police power reserved to the states.” ”

Rest of AP article is here.

Oklahoma A.G. Scott Pruitt’s Reaction:

Pruitt Applauds Ruling on Federal Health Care Law 08/12/2011

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt released a statement in support of the ruling by the U.S. appeals court: “I am pleased the 11th circuit ruled today that the federal government cannot force Americans to buy health insurance. “Indeed, the ruling affirms and strengthens Oklahoma’s… more

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So Where Does That Leave Oklahoma’s Health Insurance Exchange?

A joint legislative committee created by the Oklahoma legislature in May 2011 is to examine the impact of PPACA on Oklahoma. The committee will begin its’ series of 5 meetings in September 2011, with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Oklahoma City, OK. (Time and location to be determined.)

The subject likely to take center stage is the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad Health Insurance Exchanges.  These exchanges, or so-called clearinghouses, are a cornerstone of the  ObamaCare nightmare and most people can see the problems with their establishment.

The ones to be convinced, of course, are the legislators, who have to make a decision on how to move forward – follow the will of the people and common sense, or establish a state-based exchange.

The 8/2/11 House press release on this committee is below, including a list of the committee members.

Health care law committee to begin work
8/2/2011 11:09:00 PM

Jarred Brejcha
(405) 521-5605 desk
brejcha@oksenate.gov

John Estus
(405) 962-7674 desk
john.estus@okhouse.gov

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 2, 2011) – Legislative leaders today announced membership and meetings of the Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law, a special legislative committee that will study how the new federal health care law affects Oklahoma.

Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Kris Steele ordered the formation of the joint committee this past legislative session to ensure Oklahoma properly addresses the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

At the direction of co-chairmen Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, the Joint Committee on Federal Health Care Law will do its work through a series of public meetings in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The committee’s first meeting will be Sept. 14 in Oklahoma City. The committee is expected to meet at least five times through November.

“Having suitable health care options in Oklahoma is an issue the Legislature takes very seriously and intends to proactively protect and address through this committee,” said Stanislawski, a Certified Financial Planner. “Oklahoma patients, taxpayers, businesses, health practitioners, insurers and others all have wide-ranging questions and concerns about this largely unwanted new federal law. The law will affect all Oklahomans, some in significant ways, so this committee will seek to address all relevant questions and concerns for the benefit of all Oklahomans.”

Among the topics to be studied are the state of health care in Oklahoma, logistics and ramifications of implementing the federal health care law, implementation timelines, responses to the law and the costs local governments and businesses may face as a result of the law.

The committee will also explore the implications Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality may have on the law’s implementation here.

“Clearly, most Oklahomans oppose this law. While we have taken steps to guard against harmful portions of the law, we would be remiss if we did not continue reviewing it so we can do our best to protect a choice-based, free-market health care system for Oklahomans,” said Mulready, a 28-year insurance industry veteran. “Simply put, the committee will show Oklahoma what to expect from this law, how we can continue to protect Oklahoma’s interests and how we can make sure we are best prepared as a state.”

The committee will solicit testimony and recommendations from a wide range of public and private sector experts. It is expected to hear from state and federal policymakers, business officials, insurance agents and brokers, legal experts, health care industry officials and more.

“All parties will be at the table working to make sure Oklahomans have health care choices, not mandates,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “This is an opportunity for Oklahoma to assert our state’s rights and I’m confident all stakeholders will rise to the challenge so we can avoid dangerous federal mandates wherever possible.”

Ultimately, the committee will make recommendations on how the state should address components of the federal health care law.

“The committee will explore all possibilities for putting forth Oklahoma solutions that support a free market health care system,” said Steele, R-Shawnee. “Not everything is clear about this law, and most of us don’t like it, but what we do know is Oklahoma cannot afford to be caught flat-footed, unprepared and unprotected if it takes effect. As much as anything else, this committee ensures Oklahoma is prepared.”

Committee members are:
Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, co-chair
Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, co-chair
Sen. Cliff Aldridge, R-Oklahoma City
Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow
Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa
Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore
Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman
Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove
Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond
Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City
Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa
Rep. Danny Morgan, D-Prague

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