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Sen. Mary Boren, Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, Rep. Annie Menz, and Rep. Jared Deck released the following statement Thursday regarding Attorney General Drummond’s letter sent Wednesday to State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd requesting an investigative audit of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA).
“Our hometown of Norman and its residents have been in a constant state of worry since the Access Oklahoma plan was announced. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s plan threatens homes, wildlife, fair and reliable funding for roads, and our community as a whole. After months of legal battles, the authority is now under investigation for financial misconduct and blatantly disregarding the provisions of the Open Meeting Act. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. You can find more information about the Attorney General’s request at www.oag.ok.gov.” -Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman.
“OTA has not done a great job of taking into account the thoughts and concerns of the Oklahomans that their plans effect. Unfortunately, our constituents have had to sacrifice significant amounts of time and money to make sure their rights were honored by OTA. We know that this is not just a Norman issue- the way OTA operates reaches every corner of the state. This issue is non-partisan and has invited lawmakers to work together across the aisle. I have been encouraged by the many ways our colleagues have crossed party lines to include us in meetings and proposed legislation.”- Rep. Annie Menz, D-Norman.
“We greatly appreciate Attorney General Drummond for taking action and sharing our concerns about OTA’s methods of conducting business. In particular, his concerns of improper transfers between OTA and the Department of Transportation, improper contracting and purchasing, and ‘inadequate internal financial controls.’” -Rep. Jared Deck, D-Norman.
“This audit will hopefully result in more accountability and transparency from OTA and state government as a whole. While I agree that we need to improve roads and transportation systems in our state, I also know that Oklahomans deserve to have a collaborative and proactive voice in projects that will drastically affect their lives and businesses.” -Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Mary Boren at 405-521-5553 or email Mary.Boren@oksenate.gov
Rep. Annie Menz at 405-557-7386 or email Annie.Menz@okhouse.gov
Rep. Jared Deck at 405-557-7323 or email Jared.Deck@okhouse.gov
Rep. Jacob Rosecrants at 405 557-7329 or email Jacob.Rosecrants@okhouse.gov