The Norman Transcript

February 14, 2014

Constituencies at work

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Agencies targeted by Gov. Mary Fallin for consolidation are beginning to rally their constituents in the first few weeks of the legislative session.

Arts supporters, Historical Society members and others are being informed of the governor’s plan to consolidate the agencies into the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

Lawmakers are beginning to get an earful from members throughout the state. The Historical Society alone has upward of 10,000 members.

The governor said she wanted to consolidate agencies to save money and preserve their mission, as some lawmakers want to sunset agencies and boards. Fallin said she believes the consolidation could save 15 percent.

Singled out are the Oklahoma Arts Council, J.M. Davis Memorial Commission, Oklahoma Historical Society, Will Rogers Memorial Commission and Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission.

In tight budget years, any agency is fair game. Lawmakers are looking to make cuts to make up for an expected $170 million shortfall.

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