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A new Oklahoma House committee plans review of federal funds

The House of Representatives States' Rights Committee wants to see which agencies are receiving federal funds and what regulations are required to receive the money.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: February 6, 2013

Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno, said a main concern of constituents when he campaigned last year was the federal government overreaching its bounds.

Fisher said he is enthusiastic about serving on the committee and to look at ways to “get the federal government out of our business.”

“We can begin to flex the state's muscles again,” he said.

Couple attend session

Bob Phillips and his wife, Pam, of Oklahoma City, attended the meeting to see what the newly formed panel would do. Committee members will start hearing the first of 12 bills assigned to them next week.

He said he likes the idea of committee members reviewing federal funds coming to Oklahoma and what agencies have to do to accept the money.

“States' rights,” Phillips said. “Our federal Constitution says that the federal government has only 17 items they can do and everything else belongs to the states.”