More Legislators Become Lobbyists

Five former legislators who left office last year are now lobbying their former colleagues. A revived proposal to require a “cooling-off period” before legislators turn lobbyists is still in limbo.

As State Government Goes More Digital, Tag Agencies Endure

Gov. Kevin Stitt has made government modernization a centerpiece of his first year in office. But that vision could falter when applied to one of the state’s long-time service providers: local tag agencies.

Working in Background, Lawyer Reaps Fees in Opioid Case

Attorneys in Oklahoma’s opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through millions of pages of evidence. But one private attorney in the case, a former legislative leader, stands to make $5.6 million in the recent settlement against a drugmaker despite having no obvious role documented in court filings.

Tribes Shut Out of ‘Opportunity Zone’ Deals

Native American tribes across the country were left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive for opportunity zones, with their governments unable to pool investments to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas.