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Bill targeted by Oklahoma agencies, official says

Bill targeted by Oklahoma agencies, official says

TRANSPORTATION: LOBBYISTS CALLED IN AGAINST CHANGING HIRING ATTORNEYS

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT    

Published: March 27, 2010

State transportation officials used a "back door” approach — which included using lobbyists — to try to kill a bill that would require state agencies to be more open about the hiring of private attorneys, a lawmaker said Friday.

"In my four years (as a legislator), that was a pretty rare display of raw power by the agencies,” said Rep. Mark McCullough, House author of Senate Bill 1379.

The measure is similar to a bill McCullough worked on last year that was vetoed by the governor. HB 1379 would require state agencies hiring private attorneys to use a competitive, public process when the contracts are for more than $5,000.

McCullough, R-Sapulpa, said in revising this year’s measure, instead of having agencies seek competitive bids, they just have to file a request for proposal, which is a less burdensome procedure... FULL ARTICLE

 

 

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