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Oklahoma governor orders end to state lobbyist hiring

July 5, 2019
FILE - In this July 2, 2019 file photo, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City. Stitt is ordering state agencies to end the practice of hiring outside firms to lobby the Legislature. Stitt issued an executive order on Friday, July 5, 2019, prohibiting all state agencies from entering or extending any contracts with lobbyists without being granted written permission from one of Stitt's cabinet secretaries. The Republican said he doesn't believe the practice is a proper use of state funds. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)
FILE - In this July 2, 2019 file photo, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City. Stitt is ordering state agencies to end the practice of hiring outside firms to lobby the Legislature. Stitt issued an executive order on Friday, July 5, 2019, prohibiting all state agencies from entering or extending any contracts with lobbyists without being granted written permission from one of Stitt's cabinet secretaries. The Republican said he doesn't believe the practice is a proper use of state funds. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is ordering state agencies to end the practice of hiring outside firms to lobby the Legislature.

Stitt issued an executive order Friday prohibiting all state agencies from entering or extending any contracts with lobbyists without being granted written permission from one of Stitt’s cabinet secretaries. The Republican says he doesn’t believe the practice is a proper use of state funds.

One of Stitt’s first executive orders was to direct state agencies to report to him the names of any contract lobbyists and the amount the agency spent over the last five fiscal years.

A list provided by the governor’s office shows more than two dozen agencies, including state universities, spent nearly $1.5 million on contract lobbyists last year.

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