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Oklahoma Capitol briefs
Published: September 9, 2011
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Lawmaker calls for downsizing Legislature

With lawmakers talking about downsizing state government, Rep. Gary Banz has filed legislation to downsize the Legislature. “As lawmakers, we constantly talk about the need for smaller government,” said Banz, R-Midwest City. “My legislation lets legislators prove it in a way that shows we are truly committed to reducing the size of government.” Under House Joint Resolution 1021, voters would have the opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment reducing the Legislature by about 10 percent. That would cut the number of seats in the House of Representatives from 101 to 91, and reduce the number of state senators from 48 to 43. If approved by voters, the change would be implemented in 2021 following the next census and redistricting process.

Oologah woman named to Oklahoma Health Care Authority board

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Carol Robison, of Oologah, to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board. Robison is chief executive officer of Robison Medical Resource Group, a temporary health care staffing company. She previously served as a staff nurse at hospitals in Kansas and Missouri. Robison will serve a four-year term. She is replacing Sandra Langenkamp, whose term expired. Senate confirmation is not required. The Health Care Authority manages the state's Medicaid program and oversees the purchase of health care benefits for state employees. The board oversees the authority and appoints an administrator to run the agency.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU