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The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - DALE DENWALT, CAPI­TOL BU­REAU

State ques­tion launches statewide ad cam­paign

Marsy’s Law, which will ap­pear on the bal­lot as State Ques­tion 794 in Novem­ber, is air­ing com­mer­cials on tele­vi­sion ahead of the vote.

If adopted, the pro­posal would cre­ate a crime vic­tims’ bill of rights, as sup­port­ers de­scribe it, to en­sure crime vic­tims have the right to a voice in the ju­di­cial process, the right to be present in ju­di­cial hear­ings and the right to be made aware of up­com­ing hear­ings or changes in their of­fend­ers’ sta­tus, to full resti­tu­tion and other pro­tec­tions.

Study on po­lice video footage sched­uled

An Ok­la­homa Se­nate com­mit­tee will dis­cuss stor­age and re­ten­tion of law en­force­ment video on Thurs­day.

State Sen. Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, will present his in­terim study be­fore the Se­nate Gen­eral Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee from

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 230 of the Ok­la­homa Capi­tol.

OPEA crit­i­cizes Tourism of­fice shuf­fle

The ad­vo­cacy group for state em­ploy­ees says the Ok­la­homa Tourism and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment should spend more money on im­prov­ing state parks rather than build­ing a new ex­ec­u­tive of­fice build­ing.

“Tourism has al­lo­cated more than $9 mil­lion for a new Ok­la­homa City of­fice build­ing even though many tourism fa­cil­i­ties need re­pairs and up­dat­ing,” said Ster­ling Zear­ley, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ok­la­homa Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion. “By in­vest­ing in state parks in­stead of ex­ec­u­tive of­fices the state can en­sure af­ford­able and mean­ing­ful re­cre­ation is avail­able statewide.”

In re­sponse, the depart­ment said that when the First Na­tional Cen­ter forced ten­ants to move out, it be­gan shar­ing of­fice space with its part­ner agency, the Depart­ment of Com­merce. It has since worked for three years to find a cost­ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion.

“There is state statute that em­pha­sizes that state as­sets should be uti­lized over rent­ing space from the pri­vate sec­tor,” said spokes­woman Les­lie Blair. “The Capi­tol Com­plex serves the cit­i­zens of the State and by lo­cat­ing in this cen­tral lo­ca­tion, tax­pay­ers can more fully ac­cess State ser­vices. Tourism is a log­i­cal part­ner with Com­merce and a new build­ing al­lows the state to not pay rent to the pri­vate sec­tor.”

She also noted that the $9 mil­lion in bonds can only be used for con­struc­tion of a new of­fice build­ing.

“Over the past six years, we have spent ap­prox­i­mately $60 mil­lion dol­lars to ad­dress needs that have been deemed pri­or­i­ties by the lead­er­ship of the State Parks Depart­ment. We plan to spend be­tween $10 mil­lion and $11 mil­lion this year,” Blair said.

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