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Health Department Findings, Petitions for SQ799 & Governor Fallin's Vetoes


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a grand jury investigation into the State Health Department finds reprehensible and inept practices leading officials to believe the agaency was insolvent and the subsequent layoff of nearly 200 people, boycotts and challenges are growing against a referendum petition to remove tax increases to pay for raises to teachers, school support staff and state workers as are questions of the validity of the petitions themselves and Tulsa Public Schools join Oklahoma City and Yukon in closing schools on Election Day, November 6th.

The trio also discusses a veto by Governor Fallin of a bill which would have allowed a judge rather than a jury to hand down life without parole sentences to juveniles and a Tulsa Senator calls on his fellow lawmakers to return for special session to take up the 133 bills vetoed by Governor Fallin over her past seven years in office.

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Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
Neva Hill has been a political commentator for KOSU since 1998.
Ryan Kiesel is a civil rights attorney and political consultant.