Tulsa, Okla. – The number of Oklahomans filing bankruptcy last year is up; more than 14,000 cases were filed in 2010.
Bankruptcy trustee Patrick Malloy III credits the upward trend not only to continued economic strife, but also to a return to normalcy following bankruptcy reform in 2005, a year in which more than 39,000 bankruptcy cases were filed.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protects Act tightened income limits and set new standards for evaluating debtors' financial situations.
Oklahoma City, OK – Terrill, Leftwich turn selves in on charges
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A member of the Oklahoma House and a former member of the state Senate who face felony bribery charges have made their initial court appearance.
Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall entered not guilty pleas on Monday afternoon for Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City. Hall set their next court appearance for March 17. Leftwich and Terrill are free on a $2,000 bond.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa hiring auditors to boost tax collections
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa officials say the city plans to hire private auditors in an effort to increase collections of delinquent sales taxes.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed a contract in principle last May with Revenue Discovery Systems of Birmingham, Ala., before the Oklahoma Legislature passed a law that allows only the state Tax Commission to handle sales-tax collections.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will go behind closed doors today to discuss a lawsuit filed to block a charter change election. If approved, the question would make the city attorney's position elective rather than appointed.
The council will also discuss allowing the fire department to charge a user fee for responding to car wrecks.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A member of the Oklahoma House and a former member of the state Senate who face felony bribery charges have turned themselves in at the Oklahoma County jail.
County sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers says former Sen. Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City was booked at 10 a.m. and state Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore followed at 10:15 a.m. Myers says both have already left the jail.
Terrill and Leftwich are scheduled to make their initial court appearances in the case Monday afternoon.