Ponca City, OK

Now: 80 °F

Currently: Cloudy

Hi: 93 °F | Lo: 71 °F

Monday

Hi: 92 °F 

Lo: 70 °F

Tuesday

Hi: 93 °F 

Lo: 67 °F

Wednesday

Hi: 97 °F 

Lo: 71 °F

Thursday

Hi: 90 °F 

Lo: 70 °F

Friday

Hi: 86 °F 

Lo: 69 °F

Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session

The Associated Press - November 18, 2017 9:14 am

Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma legislators have been raising thousands of dollars from lobbyists at lavish fundraisers during a special session limping into its eighth week, yet they’ve failed to make much progress toward plugging a $215 million hole in the state budget.
The Associated Press obtained invitations to a dozen scheduled fundraisers for some of the Legislature’s top Republican leaders, including the powerful chairs of the appropriations committees in the House and Senate.
Legislators can face up to a year in jail and fines for accepting contributions from lobbyists during the regular session that runs from February to May. But that misdemeanor crime doesn’t apply during the special session which is now into its eighth week.
State House and Senate members are taking full advantage, raising money for elections a year away.

 

Latest Stories

Ponca City Police investigating death

The Ponca City Police Department is investigating a possible suicide, which was reported at approximately 5:14...

Couple’s family explains decision to die together

The Kay County Sheriff’s Department has identified the couple whose bodies were found Friday at Resthaven...

Suspect identified in Newkirk homicide

Kay County Undersheriff Sean Grigsba has released  the identity of a suspect in Saturday’s homicide in...