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Leaders Tap Panel to Study Illegal Immigration (Jan 20, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general and a handful of lawmakers from the House and Senate will meet during the upcoming session to develop proposals targeting illegal immigration.

House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman announced the formation of the panel on Thursday.

The group will include four lawmakers each from the House and Senate, along with new Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Republican Rep. George Faught of Muskogee and Sen. Ron Justice of Chickasha will serve as co-chairs of the committee.

In a joint press release, Steele and Bingman say the committee will focus on legal reforms that target public safety and crimes associated with illegal immigrants, as well as ways to protect taxpayer money from "subsidizing illegal immigration."



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