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Questions and answers with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

Questions and answers with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
by Rick Green Published: May 3, 2014

Last week was a hectic one for Gov. Mary Fallin, and perhaps an emotional one, as well.

On Tuesday afternoon, she lashed out at the Oklahoma Legislature, particularly the House of Representatives, for failing to take up major issues, like funding long-needed repairs to the crumbling state Capitol, while passing what she deemed as flawed legislation. She announced she was vetoing 15 House bills.

That evening, a rare double execution was planned at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The first lethal injection was botched, attracting worldwide criticism, including from the White House. She ordered an investigation, and some criticized the investigation as not being truly independent.

On Wednesday, the House by an 86-3 margin passed an attempt to override one of her vetoes, involving a firearms bill.

On Friday, she answered some questions before beginning her weekend.

Q. Is this one of the more difficult weeks you’ve been through?

A. It’s been a long week hourwise, but that’s what I’m elected to do is to make tough decisions to guide and direct the state. So while it’s been a busy week, it’s not that unusual as a governor or elected official to have to make tough decisions and move issues along.

Q: Has there been unfair criticism of your role in the execution?

A. I think the process is important in our execution policies. It’s an issue that I take very seriously. We want to make sure we get it right. That’s why I’ve given some very specific instructions and laid out a plan of action very quickly with our commissioner of public safety, who is going to be the independent person who will review the process and what happened during the execution.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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