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Oklahoma Capitol briefs for June 12, 2013

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for June 12
Modified: June 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm •  Published: June 12, 2013


Lawmaker criticizes rule on campaign ethics complaints

Rep. Mike Reynolds criticized a new law that prohibits the filing of complaints alleging ethical or campaign violations against legislative, state or judicial candidates between the candidate filing period in April and the November general election. The law, proposed by the state Ethics Commission, took effect last month when lawmakers ended their session. Lawmakers may only vote down Ethics Commission proposals; they took no action on the proposed rule. Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, said the public especially needs to know if any campaign or ethics violations occurred shortly before an election. “If someone goes out and files a complaint against me and I know it's bogus, I can't look to the Ethics Commission to clear me,” he said. “This person can just go out and wave a press release and say, ‘Hey, he committed this violation,' and I'll have no help from the Ethics Commission clearing my name.” Reynolds said he didn't file a measure seeking to disapprove the rule because he was removed this year from the House Government Oversight Committee, which typically files resolutions to overturn the agency's rule and because very few of his bills get considered by House leadership. He said only five measures he authored made it to the House floor during the 11 years he has served in the House.

Fallin's husband joins effort

to increase childhood reading

Wade Christensen, husband of Gov. Mary Fallin, is taking part in a national program designed to encourage children to read during the summer. The program is sponsored by Scholastic, a children's publishing, education and media company. Christensen has committed to a summer reading event; Scholastic will donate 500 books to the school where the event takes place. Christensen is one of 44 governor spouses to take part in the program.