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Governor Fallin Plans to Lead Anti-Smoking Petition Drive
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- One day after Senate Bill 36 fails in committee, Governor Mary Fallin fires back with plans to lead a petition drive that combats the dangers of secondhand smoke.
"I think our goal has been to empower people to be able to make a decision about their local communities and the citizens to be able to have a voice," said Gov. Fallin.
Senate Bill 36, also known as the "Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act," would allow cities to adopt smoking ordinances. Oklahoma is one of the last two states that do not permit cities governments to draft their own anti-smoking policies.
"We have been shackled by a law, that simply is illogicial," said Dr. Bob MacAfee, President of the Oklahoma Medical Association.
Several mayors across Oklahoma took a stand with Governor Fallin at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, including Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City.
"I think today there is a broad response of anger," said Cornett, regarding Senate Bill 36.
As the governor pledged her commitment in the fight against tobacco, many cited smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in Oklahoma.
"None of us like to lose our loved ones," said Homer Nicholson, Mayor of Ponca City, "and we're losing 6,000 people a year, our loved ones, our neighbors, our friends, that's way too many."
Critics of anti-smoking legislation say the policies infringe on smokers' rights.
"It's the wrong thing to do," said Rick Ritter.
Ritter believes the government should stay out of the way, but the Governor says her efforts are focused on keeping Oklahomans healthy.
To learn more about Gov. Fallin's petition drive, visit the website: www.dontsmokeonme.com.
Posted: Tuesday, February 19 2013, 09:44 PM CST
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Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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