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Senator Seeks To Stop Agency's 'Police Posture'
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state senator says he's concerned about the Oklahoma Insurance Department's purchase of police vehicles, shotguns and other law enforcement equipment, and plans to introduce a bill to stop what he described as the agency's "police-like posture." Republican Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole said Monday he believes Insurance Commissioner John Doak is engaging in "government overreach." Coates says the department shouldn't give the public the impression that the agency's anti-fraud investigators are a police force. The Associated Press reported last week that the agency had spent more than $180,000 on seven police-package vehicles, shotguns with mountable lights and bulletproof vests. Doak defended the purchases, saying the items were needed to keep his fraud investigators safe and citing a Louisiana case in which two insurance department agents were shot and killed.
Posted: Monday, December 3 2012, 12:46 PM CST
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Okla. Legislature OKs tax breaks for storm victims
May 24, 2013 15:54 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.
The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.
The bill applies to victims of tornados that occur in 2013 and for which a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was issued. The measure still must be approved by the House before the Legislature adjourns.
The measure was sponsored by Moore Republican Sen. Anthony Sykes, who represents most of the communities hit hardest by Monday's storms.
Senate Bill 330: http://bit.ly/16TdnXX
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