So the Governor released the following statement right as I took the air this afternoon:
“Because the public didn’t have ample time to weigh in with their concerns on the two last-minute amendments, the Board of Health should rescind them. My office has received calls and emails since last week’s board action, with most addressing those two amendments. My legal staff and I are analyzing other points made in the attorney general’s legal letter to see what other action might be necessary.
“I want Oklahomans to know that dedicated state employees are working hard to put a process in place that will provide a medical framework with public health and safety as a the main priority. State Question 788 was written with a 30-day implementation deadline. It is unfortunate there was not more consideration given by proponents of SQ 788 as to how challenging it is to place such a quick turnaround on a very complicated subject. However, the state will carry out the responsibility of administering this law.” – Governor Mary Fallin
I am a bit gobsmacked! The governor:
-had the chance to turn this over to the legislature to hash out; and didn't!
-she didn't because she insisted the Department of Health would do the job!
-when the Department of Health wrote up the rules the Governor didn't hesitate to sign them!
-now the Governor is saying the Department of Health needs to take another look?!