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Budget Spat Gives House Democrats Reason To Crow

March 26, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State House Democrats, nearly invisible on Oklahoma’s political landscape the past two years, are finding a reason to exist as Gov. Brad Henry gets ready for a budget showdown with legislative leaders over a state budget they wrote without Henry’s input.

Democrats ruled the 101-member Oklahoma House for 80 years before they were toppled in elections in 2004 that brought Republicans to power. House Democrats have wallowed in political mediocrity ever since, excluded from budget talks they used to command and failing to find ways to make a difference as the chamber’s minority party.

The Democratic governor’s differences with the state budget and suggestions that he will veto much of it give House Democrats a chance to make themselves relevant again.

“We are excited that our voice may finally get to be heard,” said House Democratic leader Danny Morgan of Prague. “If the caucus works carefully with the governor on those issues that are important to our constituents, we can make a positive impact for Oklahoma.”

Henry has threatened to line-item veto parts of the $6.9 billion state budget that was passed unanimously in the Senate and by a wide margin in the House last week.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham, a personal friend and close political adviser to the governor, told The Associated Press there is a good chance Henry will veto all funding for the 2008 fiscal year that begins July 1, while authorizing supplemental spending for public schools and state prisons for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

Henry has until Wednesday to decide what to do. For his vetoes to be meaningful, they have to survive an override attempt. That’s where House Democrats come in. Read more…

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House Committee Passes Ethics Reforms Effort

March 6, 2007

Speaker Cargill & House Democrat Leader Morgan join senate leaders to craft bi-partisan agreement

As a House committee on Monday advanced an ethics reform proposal, House and Senate leaders signed on a co-authors to House Bill 2110 in an effort to craft a final bipartisan plan.

House Speaker Lance Cargill (R-Harrah) and House Democrat Leader Danny Morgan (D-Prague) said the bill is a work in progress that will change as bipartisan discussions continue.

“I’m absolutely committed to ensuring that Oklahomans have an honest and open government, and I believe we can achieve that goal within a positive bipartisan framework,” said Cargill (R-Harrah). “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be working with leaders from both parties in the House and Senate to craft a strong ethics reform package that will make the State Capitol more open and accessible than ever before.”

Speaker Cargill and House Democrat Leader Morgan said they were joining with the Legislature’s other top leaders — including Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan (D-Stillwater) and Senate Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City) — to develop a bipartisan ethics reform agreement. HB 2110 passed the House Rules Committee on Monday. The measure contains a number of provisions aimed at strengthening current state ethics law.

“The prospects for a strong bipartisan agreement on ethics reform thissession are excellent,” said Leader Morgan. “I am encouraged by the bipartisan spirit on this issue. The leadership of the Legislature must work together to ensure that our government is accountable to the people of Oklahoma. This is an important first step in the process to move forward to make government more user-friendly to citizens.”