The House Appropriations and Budget Committee has passed a measure that would place a moratorium on fees paid to state agencies for services. House Bill 1914, by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, would place a moratorium on all agencies and prohibit them from creating or increasing fees through Jan. 1, 2016. Since 2007, state fees have increased by $113 million, or 38 percent. HB 1914 passed 17-1. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide whether it should be heard in the House.
Banking fraud investigator wins award
The state attorney general's office on Thursday honored Elaine Dodd, a banking fraud investigator, with the 2013 Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award. She was recognized for her work on behalf of Oklahoma seniors and defrauded customers. Dodd, of Edmond, is the vice president of the fraud division at the Oklahoma Bankers Association. The division is the only banking association fraud division in the nation. The award is named for the late KFOR-4 journalist Brad Edwards.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU