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Many Oklahoma state offices closed again Wednesday

By Michael McNutt, Published: January 28, 2009
For the second straight day, some state offices will remain closed today because of slick and hazardous driving conditions caused by this week’s ice storm.

Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward, as authorized by the governor, announced early today that state agencies may continue to temporarily reduce services for Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. Nonessential employees in those counties were sent home early Monday and most were told to stay home Tuesday.

Agency directors outside the seven counties will make the decision for their agencies. State employees told to stay home will not have to use personal leave or sick time.

State employees assigned to maintain basic essential functions should report to work as scheduled. These include correctional officers, state troopers, Transportation Department crews and those working in hospitals, care centers and mental health facilities.

Essential employees shall accrue administrative leave on a straight-time basis for all hours worked during hazardous weather conditions, according to the state’s personnel policy.