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18 Jul
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House Minority Leader Issues Statement on AG Opinion Regarding SQ788

Communications & Public Affairs
July 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Steve Kouplen
Phone: (405) 557-7306

House Minority Leader Issues Statement on AG Opinion Regarding SQ788

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Mike Hunter’s opinion that the rules implemented by the Oklahoma Health Department’s board are not authorized by state statutes.

“I do agree with the attorney general’s assessment. The House Democratic Caucus has taken a stronger stance against the board’s decision than any elected official in the state. Unlike our counterparts, we feel that a special session is necessary to provide a permanent structure for medical marijuana. Contrary to the governor’s original statement after signing the rules, we believe it will be easier to protect the will of the people and put in place effective oversight during a special session when legislators don’t have to worry about the budget.

“However, if the attorney general believes the board’s actions are not authorized by the law, why did he let the governor sign them in the first place? One of the attorney general’s main jobs is to advise the executive branch on legal issues. Considering the lawyer for the health department at the time literally told the board that the rules would most likely be challenged in court, why didn’t the attorney general advise the governor before she signed them into law?

“After the health department voted the first time, many of my Republican colleagues pointed to the unelected board, due to their lack of accountability, as the problem. Well, you can’t have it both ways. If they really believe this, they should take this issue out of the board’s hands and call a special session so that the decisions made during that special session can be held accountable by the people in November.”

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16 Jul
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RELEASE: ODP Statement on Rep. Griffith’s Passing

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2018

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2417

ODP Statement on Rep. Griffith’s Passing

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is deeply saddened by the news of Representative Claudia Griffith’s unexpected passing.

Griffith (D-Norman) was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2014 representing House District 45. She was a dedicated public servant working to improve services for all Oklahomans. Representative Griffith’s passing is a great loss to our state, and she will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with her surviving three children, her husband Jim and the entire Griffith family.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

13 Jul
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Tom Perez on Russian Indictments

DNC on Indictments Related to Russian Hack

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued an indictment against Russian government officials responsible for cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political and election-related organizations during the 2016 U.S. elections:

“The Russian government attacked our democracy in 2016 and the Democratic National Committee was a primary target of this attack. Those are the facts.

“Today’s indictment makes clear just how vast this operation was, adding details such as Russian intelligence officers’ intrusion into the website of a state election board and theft of information related to approximately 500,000 voters.

“This is not a witch hunt and it is certainly not a joke, as Donald Trump has desperately and incorrectly argued in the past. It’s long past time for him and his allies in the Republican Party to stop ignoring this urgent threat to our national security.

“The American people deserve to know the truth and the Special Counsel’s investigation is ongoing. The Kremlin’s efforts to disrupt our electoral process have grave implications for our democracy. Donald Trump and his Republican enablers’ efforts to discredit these established facts only embolden Putin’s Russia and invite further attacks on our country.”

12 Jul
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RELEASE: House Democrats Call for Special Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: State Rep. Steve Kouplen
Phone: (405) 557-7306

House Democrats Release Statement Calling for Special Session

OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Leader Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, released the following statement today after Gov. Mary Fallin signed the emergency rules for State Question 788. The rules, which were passed Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, forbid “smokeable” marijuana and require a pharmacist to be on staff in medical marijuana dispensaries.

“Today, the House Democratic Caucus stands together to urge Governor Fallin to reverse course and call the legislature into a special session so that we can setup a structure for legal medical marijuana.

We are glad to see the Speaker and the incoming majority leader of the Senate have committed to upholding the will of the people. We support the idea of a bipartisan working group only if a date for special session is chosen. Otherwise, we feel that the working group would be nothing more than a political stunt to ease the justified outrage of Oklahoma voters. If the Governor refuses to lead on this issue, we are calling on our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate to stand with us and use the two-thirds provision in the state constitution to bring the legislature back into session.

Although the majority of our caucus supported state question 788, we do have some members that did not. However, even those members stand with us today to say that the will of the people must be protected and that we cannot have a government that disregards election results. All members of the House Democratic Caucus feel that allowing the Oklahoma Department of Health rules to stand would be an act of complicity by this body to undermine the will of the people, and we feel that is unacceptable.”

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11 Jul
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Banning Smokable Medical Marijuana Dishonors the Will of the People

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2018

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
405-536-2417

Banning Smokable Medical Marijuana Dishonors the Will of the People

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on the smokable medical marijuana ban ruling:

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the Oklahoma Board of Health ruled to ban the sale of smokable medical marijuana and requiring a licensed pharmacist manager to run dispensaries. State Question 788 legalizing medical marijuana was taken to a vote of the people on June 26th and passed with most Oklahomans in favor of supporting medical cannabis.

Oklahomans have spoken. The will of the people should be honored not insulted and gutted with last-minute amendments meant to thwart progress. The Oklahoma Democratic Party supports the legalization of medical marijuana and opposes any legislation intended to reduce the range of coverage contained in SQ 788’s stated language. The ODP supports any good-faith legislative measures to aid in its implementation.

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For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.

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