It seems our best & brightest minds in the legislature lost track of a nasty little regulation called the state constitution. Speaker Jeff Hickman had given political cover to some state administrators, who then promptly served State Auditor & Inspector, Gary Jones, with an eviction notice.
Jones says he was given 12 months to go find a new home for his constitutional oversight duties. Preston Doerflinger, executive director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services; was one of the couriers of the eviction notice.
But Doerflinger (appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin), has his own damage containment team working to shift blame to the 2 legislative leaders. While Senate President Pro Tem, Brian Bingman claims to have been left out of the loop, Speaker Jeff Hickman has an inconvenient paper trail which seems to have given a 'green light' to Doerflinger, to serve the eviction demand.
What Is the 'Seat of Government'?
The Muskogee Politico reports that yesterday, Auditor Gary Jones told a local Kiwanis group that Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution REQUIRES his office and records stay at the "seat of government"; which the Attorney General's office has always interpreted as the Oklahoma State Capitol building, itself. If that is true, then Attorney General Scott Pruitt is in violation for officing in an adjacent building on the campus.
The Attorney General, himself, is not keeping his office and papers in the capitol building, as prescribed by the constitution and his own interpretation of it.