State Attorney General Addresses OFB Concerning Water Issues, Possible HSUS MisrepresentationTue, 18 Feb 2014 16:21:10 CST
Oklahoma Farm Bureau finished up its leadership conference in Oklahoma City this week. One of the politicians members from across the state heard from was Attorney General Scott Pruitt. One of the issues Pruitt addressed was his desire to see more accountability for charitable groups such as HSUS for the donations made to their groups.
"There's a concern with charitable organizations-and this is not just with the Humane Society-but all charitable organizations when they raise money they make representations to those that they receive money from. I think there are many across the state of Oklahoma when they give to the Humane Society they think it's going to local concerns. They believe they are actually benefitting an organization that helps make sure animals are taken care of locally and at the state level. And there's a concern that that is not happening. As those dollars go nationally, there is a concern, perhaps, that they're not coming back.
"And, so, we're going to inquire about that to ask the national Humane Society to give us information about that to see what representations have been made and whether those representations are, in fact, true."
Pruitt tells Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Sam Knipp that there is a lot his office can do about that.
"For misrepresentations that have been made to Oklahoma citizens, we have an enforcement responsibility to hold them accountable. And we can take those steps."
Pruitt also talked about water issues which, once again, are moving to the forefront as Texas seeks to buy water from southeastern Oklahoma.
"I think the water issue, for the future, is one of the most important-if not the most important issue-that we're going to deal with as a state. We have an abundance of it in certain areas of the state and we have a tremendous lack of it in other parts of the state. And the discussion with respect to infrastructure at the state level, is it, in fact, incurring Our objective in the AG's office is to make sure we deal with these legal challenges to get them out of the way, to remove barriers so that policymakers can, in fact, engage in discussion about how to do water policy differently for the future to make sure that we don't have drought conditions on one side of the state and an abundance of water in other parts of the state."
Pruitt says those discussion will help the state form a plan and create infrastructure to move water from one part of the state to another to promote economic development statewide.
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