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Officials will move ahead with many of the changes at the state medical examiner's office outlined in legislation vetoed by Gov. Brad Henry over the weekend.
"It's our position that we can implement some of these changes without legislative approval,” Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said Monday.
On Sunday, Henry vetoed Senate Bill 738 and House Bill 2486 saying the bills contained some worthwhile reforms, but that they "were not in the best interest of Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has begun a political corruption investigation over a specific portion of SB 738 that would have created a new, $80,000-a year-job to oversee the office's move from Oklahoma City to Edmond.
Also at issue is a provision in House Bill 2486 for the transfer of $90,000 to the office from an account funded by wire transfer funds.
The medical examiner's office has struggled with a backlog of autopsies it needs to perform.
The legislation vetoed by Henry called for adding pathologists and a member of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association to the board overseeing the medical examiner's office and a provision to create a chief administrator to oversee operations.