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Okla. voters approve DHS restructuring


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Updated: 11/06/2012 9:28 pm Published: 11/06/2012 9:27 pm


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma voters have approved a measure to restructure the state's troubled human services department.

Supporters say it will add accountability to a department that has struggled with a string of child neglect cases and a class-action lawsuit in recent years.

The measure abolishes the title of the agency, its board of commissioners and its ability to set policy. It shifts oversight and power to the governor's office, which will appoint the agency's director with the consent of the Oklahoma Senate.

Opponents of the measure say it goes too far in trying to right the agency's past mistakes.

But Gov. Mary Fallin has said the measure will complement Oklahoma's Pinnacle Plan, a $153 million blueprint for overhauling the foster care system over the next five years.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



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Terrie Gal - 11/15/2012 9:25 AM
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*referred - D@m that spellchecker lol

Terrie Gal - 11/15/2012 9:22 AM
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I was attempting to write an article for my blog proving the point that a large number of Oklahoma welfare recipients may be current residents, though have moved here from other states (e.g. New York - who boast not being a "welfare state") and not in fact long time Oklahomans or natural born Oklahomans. I contacted both DHS and Dept of Commerce and that data is not collected anywhere for our state. Recently, a political analyst refereed to Oklahoma as a "knuckle-dragging welfare state" which didn't set well with me at all, and what set me on the course to prove that we may be ranked within the top 20 for states that provide the most dollars for welfare, but that's only due to the fact that we take care of those coming here from other states where they can't find the services they need to survive. Yet, as much as I wanted to defend the state I love, I can't because we don't collect that information when someone signs up for welfare in Oklahoma. I think, if we are going to restructure DHS in Oklahoma, the first thing I would start doing, starting today, is asking where these people are coming from. Where have they been living, lets say, for the last three years should be sufficient enough to prove a point.
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