House chairman pulls investigation threat

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House chairman pulls investigation threat

CREATED May 1, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chairman of a House committee has withdrawn his threat to conduct a legislative investigation of a state agency for failing to comply with his request for information.

Lavern Republican Rep. Gus Blackwell said Wednesday he was tabling a proposed agenda item to conduct an investigation. Blackwell declined to name the agency he was planning to target, saying only that he obtained the information he was requesting. He said he had requested information from more than one agency.

Blackwell chairs the House Administrative Rules, Government Oversight and Repealer Committee. The panel typically considers whether rules approved by various state agencies should be rejected or allowed to stand.

The committee was considering rule changes Wednesday by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Funeral Board, Department of Labor and Insurance Department.

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