Cutting State Costs

Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmakers eye reduction in state attorneys

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Hundreds of attorneys who work for state agencies are closely watching a state House study on the costs of providing legal staffing for the state.

The study by Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, began Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Officials with several state agencies that have numerous attorneys are scheduled to speak, including the departments of human services, corrections and transportation.

Late last session, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee tried to transfer authority over the estimated 250 attorneys working for the state to the attorney general's office. The measure died after fierce resistance from lobbyists and agency officials.