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Governor Kevin Stitt's one year anniversary in office

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 23:37:19-05

Today marks the one year anniversary of the day Governor Kevin Stitt took office.

From prison reform to gaming compacts, it's been a busy year.

During his first year in office, the governor tackled some of Oklahoma's toughest issues, including prison reform.

He signed a total of 774 commutations, 290 pardons and 101 paroles, and on this anniversary of the day he took his oath of office, he signed 62 commutations, 93 pardons and 23 paroles

On Nov. 1, the governor signed the largest single-day commutation. Just days later, Oklahoma made history with 523 inmates walking out of prison.

Governor Stitt and first lady Sarah Stitt greeted 55 women leaving the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center.

Also in his first year, Oklahoma hit a major savings goal. The state's Rainy day fund reached a record high with a balance of $1 billion.

While the governor made strides, he hit a major impasse with Oklahoma tribal leaders who filed a federal lawsuit over the renewal of the all-important gaming compacts.

At the heart of it... the wording.

Lawyers for the tribes say the compacts automatically renew while the governor and his team says they do not, and the tribes should pay the state more money for gambling rights.

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