Local & Regional
Mon January 7, 2013
State Air Travel
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — After Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak is the top statewide official to use state-owned aircraft for travel.
The Tulsa World reports that Doak has used the aircraft to view tornado damage and for speaking engagements and meetings with chambers of commerce, local leaders and consumers.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the costs billed to Doak's agency for the aircraft are $3,462.
Doak's department has come under fire for spending more than $180,000 on high-tech shotguns, bulletproof vests and seven police-package vehicles.
State Senator Harry Coates, who criticized the weapons purchases, says there needs to be legislation that specifies when an elected official can use the state's aircraft.
Doak says the flights were for legitimate purposes and necessary for him to best serve Oklahomans.