The Norman Transcript

Government

February 8, 2013

Sen. asks for Insurance Commission audit

NORMAN — On Thursday, Sen. Harry Coates sent a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin requesting a performance audit of the State Insurance Commission. The Republican senator believes the information is necessary in determining if expenditures being made by the agency conform with state statutes, as well as if they are being used for the manner intended by the legislature and Ethics Commission. 

“I think the Insurance Commission’s recent questionable expenditures should be of interest to taxpayers and those paying insurance premiums. This is their money, and they need to know that it is being spent ethically and legally,” Coates said. 

Coates said he was disappointed in his Republican colleagues’ lack of interest in the questionable spending of the Insurance Commission.

“I have been labeled a troublemaker for questioning Insurance Doak’s actions in the past, which is unfortunate,” Coates said. “If a Democrat were in that office and a Republican raised these same questions, that individual would be praised as a watch dog for the taxpayers’ money, but I guess as a responsible public official, I’m not supposed to question the actions of a member of my own party.”

Coates said he is tired of the double standard and wants Gov. Fallin to step up and hold Doak responsible for his actions of using public funds to expand and promote his re-election profile rather than on agency duties. 

“If a Democrat state official was involved in such questionable behavior, state Republican leadership would be indignant, but this is a fellow Republican, so few on my side of the aisle seem concerned about his waste of public money,” Coates said. “Also, Republicans are supposedly for smaller and more efficient government, but no one seems to care about his efforts to continually increase the size and scope of the agency when it’s not needed. The whole situation and state leadership’s seemingly obvious lack of concern for the situation is baffling.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Earth Day activities continue this week

    Oklahoma is no stranger to extreme weather, but many say those extremes are even greater than before. Norman resident and biologist Kathy Rand is convinced those climate irregularities are a result of climate change caused by pollution, ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Dorman wants bipartisan appeal

    Rep. Joe Dorman said he’s proud to be a Democrat running for governor, but he hopes to garner bipartisan support. In a visit Wednesday to the Transcript, Dorman said, if elected, he wants to work across party lines like former Gove. Henry ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Council OKs $48.8M contract for wastewater plant upgrades

    The Norman City Council awarded a $48.8 million project for wastewater treatment plant upgrades Tuesday. The council accepted a $50.3 million low-interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund....

    April 23, 2014

  • Craft breweries new category of Okla. made

    Norman will now recognize Oklahoma brewers to allow craft breweries to operate under special licensing. On Tuesday, the city council approved the creation of an additional category of Oklahoma Brewer to the city’s fee schedule for ...

    April 23, 2014

  • City home first to include gray water system

    Neighbors are likely to be green with envy when Allen and Sallie Ahlert have a beautiful lawn and garden without paying extra for city water in the future. That’s because the Ahlerts are including a gray water system in the new home they ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Anti-abortion picketers target Moore schools

    MOORE — Moore City Council member Robert Krows said problems with picketers at schools have gravitated from Norman to Moore and parents are concerned....

    April 22, 2014

  • Oklahoma receives $77.18M tobacco settlement payment

    Oklahoma recieved $77.18 million in annual payments from the tobacco industry under the national Master Settlement Agreement. With the latest receipts, Oklahoma has received $1.16 billion since payments began in 1999. State Treasurer Ken ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014