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Oklahoma House Passes Bill to Reform Free Phone Program
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has advanced a bill that will reform the "Lifeline" Program in the state.
The federal program was designed to provide telephone service to low-income individuals but has come under fire recently after two phone service companies were found to be issuing phones without documentation.
TerraCom LLC and YourTel America Inc. agreed to pay a total of $1 million in fines to the Federal Communications Comission in February. The two companies participated in the FCC's Lifeline program which allowed one subscription per household. The two companies were found to have given multiple landlines and wireless lines to subscribers.
The program has allowed companies to collect reimbursements ranging from $9 to $34 per subscriber.
House Bill 2165 would set certain requirements that must be met in order for telecommunication carriers to receive reimbursements from the Oklahoma Lifeline Fund. Carriers must provide certain documentation to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The bill passed unanimously in the House and will now head to the Senate.
Posted: Saturday, March 30 2013, 05:34 PM CDT
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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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