Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Oklahoma State Agency Consolidation Bill Advances”

Gov. Mary Fallin called for the consolidation of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Arts Council and Department of Tourism during her state of the state address. Originally, the plan included the Scenic Rivers Commission, Will Rogers Memorial Commission, and J.M. Davis Memorial Commission, but they aren’t included in the latest version of bill.

“We’re all about heritage and education,” [Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob] Blackburn said. “Tourism is about image and economic development. You overlay image and economic development over history — suddenly you’re only doing projects that would draw tourists…That’s more marketing than it is scholarship.”

“I think once the merits of this potential consolidation are really considered, it won’t have a chance,” Blackburn said.

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