Oklahoma Lawmakers Question Their Transparency

Ponca City Now - November 3, 2013 9:42 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Members of the Oklahoma Legislature are questioning the way they conduct the people’s business following conviction of the second state lawmaker in as many years for criminal conduct while in office.

Last year, former state Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan was convicted on a federal bribery charge that accused him of taking a $12,000 bribe in exchange for his influence on legislation.

On Tuesday, former state Representative Randy Terrill was convicted on a state bribery charge that accused him of offering a legislative colleague a state job in exchange for her promise not to seek re-election.

That colleague, former state Senator Debbe Leftwich, goes on trial next month on a related bribery charge. She has pleaded not guilty.

Lawmakers say the prosecutions point to a need for transparency.

 

Latest Stories

Personal injury collision reported near Tonkawa

accident

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that a personal injury collision occurred at about 11:05 a.m. on...

Pools Set to Open Soon in Ponca City

Now that schools out for the summer, pools are scheduled to open on Memorial Day, May...

PCPS Elementary Summer School Details Released

The district will be providing summer school for a limited number of students in grades K-3....