Ashley Kemp is the Commission's Executive Director. She added her protests;
"In adding Article 29 to the state Constitution, the people require the Legislature to appropriate the Commission sufficient funds to enable it to perform its responsibilities under the law," Kemp wrote Wallace. "The Constitution is clear the appropriation must originate from the General Revenue Fund."
She also told Wallace, "As an agency director, I cannot lawfully expend funds received through what I believe is an unlawful process."
The Ethics Commission had requested $3,354,000 for fiscal year 2019 to carry out its existing duties.
Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, is chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. On Friday, he defended how the Ethics Commission will be funded.
"I do not believe that we have violated the Constitution in one way with this budget," Wallace said on the House floor during a long discussion of the overall state government spending bill.
"This is a darn good budget, best budget I've seen since I've been here," Wallace also said.
If the Ethics Commission prevails, the legislature may be called to yet another special session later this summer, to comply with whatever adjudication is prescribed.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...