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Oklahoman Published: January 22, 2010
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Applicants screened

Gov. Brad Henry said Thursday he plans to interview applicants during the first week in February for the new state post of chief information officer. The governor said discussions have been ongoing with applicants. Legislators said the top three finalists took other jobs. The state had conducted a nationwide search that attracted 244 applicants, 55 of whom met the minimum qualifications. Henry interviewed the top five late last year. Legislation passed last year required the governor to appoint someone by Jan. 1.

MICHAEL MCNUTT,

CAPITOL BUREAU

BUDGET TALKS continue
Gov. Brad Henry said Thursday he and legislative leaders are making "very good progress” on coming up with a framework to balance this fiscal year’s budget. Projections indicate they will have a deficit of about $530 million at the end of this fiscal year, June 30. Plans are to get an agreement before the legislative session starts Feb. 1. After working out an agreement on the 2010 fiscal year budget, legislators then will have to craft a 2011 fiscal year budget, which estimates indicate will be $1.3 billion less than this year. "This is just a very, very big and challenging task,” Henry said.

MICHAEL MCNUTT,

CAPITOL BUREAU

Tracking devices urged
Sen. Dan Newberry has filed legislation to allow Oklahoma law enforcement officials to monitor the state’s most dangerous sex offenders through electronic tracking devices.

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