Local & Regional
Wed May 25, 2011
Oklahoma City – Gov. Mary Fallin has signed eight bills that she says help fulfill her campaign promise to make Oklahoma a more business friendly state and reduce the size and cost of state government.
Fallin signed the bills Tuesday with GOP legislative leaders watching. They're intended to overhaul the state's workers' compensation laws, consolidate state agencies and information technology services, and create a fund the governor can access to help lure businesses to the state.
She also signed bills establishing a "one-stop shop" for businesses to obtain necessary licenses and another that requires the state treasury to process payments electronically. Another bill would allow the governor to appoint members of the state Board of Education.
The legislative session was the first in which Republicans controlled each the House, Senate and governor's office.
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