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Press Releases and Articles

April 13, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 13, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond issued a formal opinion today affirming a recent report by the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) that found significant shortcomings in state purchasing oversight.

Responding to an opinion requested by state Rep. Ryan Martinez, Drummond wrote that the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) is required to maintain oversight of all agency acquisitions, including verifying an agency’s claim that an acquisition is exempted from the Central Purchasing Act.

April 12, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 12, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond made the following remarks after a federal district judge in North Dakota today granted a preliminary injunction of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The injunctive relief blocks the EPA from implementing the rule in Oklahoma and 23 other states that have challenged it.

April 12, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 12, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond and attorneys general from neighboring states joined in a lawsuit today against the Biden administration over a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) rule that designates the lesser prairie chicken as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The rule, which took effect late last month, places burdensome restrictions on Oklahoma ranchers who graze livestock and unnecessarily impedes the development of energy pipelines, oil drilling, wind farms and roads.

April 6, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 6, 2023) - Attorney General Gentner Drummond is releasing the final report from Independent Counsel Rex Duncan on the same day he has filed a motion to vacate the conviction of death row inmate Richard Glossip.

April 4, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 4, 2023) - Oklahoma law does not give the State Board of Education (SBE) the ability to make administrative rules without proper direction from the state Legislature, Attorney General Gentner Drummond ruled in a formal opinion issued today. 

“It is well settled that an agency may only exercise the powers expressly given by statute,” the opinion states. “An agency cannot expand those powers by its own authority.” 

March 21, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 21, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond praised state legislators today for approving a trio of measures aimed at addressing the rise of illegal marijuana grow operations in Oklahoma. The bills have passed their legislative chamber of origin and are now headed for the opposite chamber.

March 20, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 17, 2023) – A federal judge today granted Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond an additional 90 days to reach an agreement that would resolve an 18-year-old lawsuit over poultry litter pollution in state watersheds.

March 17, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 17, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced today that former state senator Anthony Sykes has joined the Office of the Attorney General to serve as public access counselor. As an assistant attorney general, Sykes will work with state, county and municipal government agencies and commissions to ensure they strictly comply with the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts.

March 16, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 16, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond has filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its rejection of Oklahoma’s plan regarding ozone emissions. The petition to review the disapproval was filed March 2 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

March 15, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 15, 2023) - An Oklahoma contractor who took more than $190,000 from Oklahoma residents in exchange for construction projects he never completed pleaded guilty today to racketeering and embezzlement charges. Michael Hanson, 43, was charged with one count of racketeering, 29 counts of felony embezzlement and three counts of misdemeanor embezzlement.