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October 2010

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Upgrades to State System Make Reporting Simple for Oklahoma State Agencies

One Website Enables State Agencies to Electronically Upload Many Required Filing Types

The Oklahoma Office of State Finance and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s official website, today announce updates to the Oklahoma State Filing System that enable state agencies to submit new filing types online and simultaneously to the Governor, House of Representatives, State Senate, and Secretary of State, leading to business efficiencies and a reduction in the state’s consumption of paper.

Launched in November 2008, the first phase of the system enabled agencies to file Administrative Rule changes. The new system changes allow state agencies to file Fee Increase Notifications, Agency Reports, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) data, and Ethics Commission Constitutional Rules all in one location.

“The system was initially built as a result of Senate Bill 1507, passed during the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-first Oklahoma Legislature (2008),” said Nelda Kirk, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration, Office of Governor Brad Henry. “By moving these filings online, it positions Oklahoma for transparency. In fact, by next year, the public will be able to view submitted Administrative Rules online through this system.”

Other benefits of the system include: 

  • A minimum annual paper savings of 2,066 sheets by eliminating the paper submission of administrative rules. 
  • Increased accuracy of data through validation features incorporated into the system. 
  • Simultaneous delivery of filing submissions to the Governor’s Office, House of Representatives, State Senate, and Secretary of State. 
  • Enforcement of statutory guidelines and business rules through leveraging technology to calculate data correctly and ensure submission of data in a timely manner.

The state plans to add more filing types in the future.

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Oklahoma’s Veterinary Board Opens 24/7 Online Store

The Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (OBVME) announced today that the public and veterinary professionals can now purchase items or pay for application fees online through a new online store on their website. Items for sale through the store include:

  • Applications for licensure/registration
  • Verifications
  • Practice acts
  • Database lists
  • Duplicate wall licenses

“We had many requests from veterinary professionals and the public to pay for items by credit cards,” said Cathy Kirkpatrick, executive director of OBVME. “This online store not only facilitates that demand, but also adds to our suite of online services that provide convenience for our constituents.”

OBVME also provides an Online License Search and Online Renewal Service for the public and veterinary professionals. Visitors can visit the Oklahoma's Veterinary Board website click on the Oklahoma Veterinary Board Online Store banner, and view the items for sale through a safe and secure online environment. Visitors to the site have the option of paying for items with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and EFT payments. The payments are processed through a secure payment engine that abides by rigorous policies and procedures to ensure that their payments are safe, private, and secure.

The OBVME Online Store is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and OK.gov, Oklahoma’s official website.

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Okie Boutique Web Store Now Open on TravelOK.com

Oklahoma-inspired Merchandise is perfect for Holiday Giving & Keepsakes Year-round 

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department launched a new online store on the state’s official travel planning website. The Okie Boutique features Oklahoma-themed merchandise, customizable gift baskets, as well as items from the Department’s brand Authentic Oklahoma (AOK). 

“TravelOK.com is the source for trip planning and event information, but now it is also home to high quality gift items and keepsake souvenirs that capture Oklahoma’s personality,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. 

Okie Boutique’s offerings range from shirts and hats to jewelry and home décor items as well as collectable ornaments, tote bags, travel journals and more. Shoppers will also find the department’s AOK brand of merchandise which features products chosen to reflect Oklahoma’s legendary stories, gracious people and epic landscapes. 

Some items featured on the Okie Boutique Web store include:

    • Customizable gift baskets with Made in Oklahoma gourmet food items and other products
    • A jewelry collection showcasing Oklahoma’s Route 66 landmark attractions
    • Iconic Route 66 collectable ornaments
    • Oklahoma tapestry throw featuring an illustration by Oklahoma artist Mick Thurber
    • Sustainably-produced merchandise such as the Oklahoma Maptote and “Cuddle Monster” stuffed animal 

“The Okie Boutique also makes it easy to purchase Oklahoma Today magazine subscriptions, plus dozens of hostess gifts, stocking stuffers or other items for those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ names on your list,” said Watkins. “Since our merchandise has been carefully selected to positively represent our state, we hope Oklahoma companies will take advantage of our customizable and quality products for any corporate gift needs.

In addition to the Okie Boutique Web store, Authentic Oklahoma and other Oklahoma-themed merchandise can be found at Oklahoma Tourism Information Center gift shops in Oklahoma City – at the State Capitol, First National Center downtown, and 122nd & I-35 – or at centers in Tulsa, Miami, Colbert and Walters. 

For clever Oklahoma gift ideas, make sure to visit TravelOK.com to find the online store and other deals and coupons for Oklahoma attractions, or call 1-800-652-6552 to speak to a tourism professional.   

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What's Inside

Oklahoma State Election Board
salute_elections"Established by the Oklahoma Constitution in 1907, the State Election Board is the administrative agency for the conduct of state elections and the oversight of the state's 77 county election boards. Our mission is to achieve and maintain uniformity in the application, operation and interpretation of election laws with a maximum degree of correctness, impartiality, and efficiency." 

- Paul Ziriax,

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry
Terry Peach"The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry’s programs affect almost every Oklahoma citizen on a daily basis. We provide support and services to agriculture producers and agriculture manufacturing to continue to produce a safe and wholesome food supply to Oklahomans. Our employee’s diligent work regarding food safety, animal health and consumer protection programs ensures Oklahoma citizen’s confidence that Oklahoma agriculture is doing everything possible to ensure safe food and a clean environment." more

- Terry L. Peach,
Commissioner of Agriculture

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How Do I Learn More About This Year's Flu Season?

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How Do I Keep Food Borne Illnesses Out of My Holiday Traditions?

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Thursday, November 11
(Veterans Day)

Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26 

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General Election
November 2, 2010
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Cowboy Trade Days
November 6 & 7, 2010
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Creativity World Form
November 14-17, 2010 
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