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THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, December 2, 2004oA5 I II l . oma offers new official Web site with enhanced services at www.OK.gov CITY - Gover- unveiled a new for the state of Okla- saying the new !,Vill give Oklahomans ]aCcess to their govern- lOklahoma s new Web W.OK.gov) features services and design - ents to help citizens inesses interact more with state govern- believed that have easy access to y. "The site will help private businesses interact rgovernment and take ofthe many programs The new portal, unveiled at a State Capitol news conference Monday, has been designed with a focus on self service so users can find what they are looking for easily, with little or no knowledge of government agency functions. The portal conducted extensive focus groups with citizens, state employees and business lead- ers to customize the site to fit the specific needs of every type of user. Some of the key features of the new portal include: Bold new look and new easy- to-remember Web address Statewide newsroom for agen- cies to publish news releases Statewide calendar of events accessibility Ever-changing content on the home page Photo gallery and Oklahoma information The state of Oklahoma will focus on the use of the new www.OK.gov domain as the standard for state agency Web sites. In the coming months, the Oklahoma Office of State Finance will help agencies integrate OK.gov's site design into their own Web sites. Office of State Finance Director Scott Meacham dis- cussed the relevance of the new site design and the trend of a "common look and feel" with state agency Web sites. "Citizens of Oklahoma will be Churches, schools, fire departments, senior citizens groups and other non-profit organizations can once again use raffles for fundraising without fear of breaking the law according to Senator Frank Shurden, a Democrat from Henryetta. "I've been working for years so that non-profit groups could use raffles for fundraising. The only way we could make raffles legal again was to tie the leg- islation to State Question 705, The Oklahoma Educational Lottery Act," he said. Sen. Shurden and State Rep- resentative Don Armes (R- Faxon) authored Senate Bill 837 in 2003 to make raffles legal for non-profit organiza- tions, after an Attorney Gener- al's opinion had deemed that raffles were Class 3 Gaming senior citizen centers across this state needed a way to raise money. They had to stop using fundraisers like drawings for quilts or a side of beef when the Attorney General's opin- ion deemed raffles illegal," the lawmaker added. "Those that participated in these raffles usually gave a dollar here or a dollar there because the money was going to a worthwhile cause," Sen. Shurden said. "They were not doing it to gamble." Rep. Armes (R-Faxon) added that he was happy to be the house author of Senate Bill 837 because it was common sense legislation. "Non-profit groups through- out Oklahoma should have the right to conduct fundrais- ers without fearing that their actions are illegal." Armes it provides. The Enhanced Google search very pleased with the fresh look and illegal in Oklahoma. said. "Raffles should have li !ents will help make engine of OK.gov. It is important that When State Question 705 was never been considered illegal ernment more con- Improved information archi- people are able to find what they certified by the State Election and the language in this bill business-friendly.'-- tecturewithaddedusability& are looking for without having Board as passing this month, it allows them to be legal again, to search for the right agency, made Class 3 Gaming legal in its just common sense legisla- The new design will become a Oklahoma and the legislation tion. '; eelve 4 o Tickets;, standard for agencies to follow, legalizing raffles also became Senator JohnnieCrutchfield, et the Perkins Journal I so that anyone who visits the effe, ctive onNov. 9. Senate co-author of the bill and state of Oklahoma online will Our youth organizations a Democrat from Ardmore, | have a positive experience." like 4-H, high school bands, added the law prevents groups for $24! ] The new Web site is designed churches' fire departmelts and from hiring an outside organi- (That's only Se/mo.) !and maintained by OK.gov, a rgood for new, renewals & gift subscriptions public-private partnership with the Oklahoma Office of State Offer good through Dec. 15 I .d d l l/lust present coupon with payment. NIc.Finance and eGovernment firm zation to conduct the raffle. "This part of the bill is important because we want all the money raised to go directly to the organization conducting the raffle, not some outside group that automatically takes a portion of the money simply to conduct the process." Sen. Crutchfield explained. State Representative Joe Dorman, a Democrat from Rush Springs and co-author of the bill, added that is impor- tant for groups across the state to be aware that raffles have once again become legal in Oklahoma. "I have had several school superintendents in my district call me inquiring about the status of this legislation. I am pleased to let them know raffles are now legal and they can begin fundraising without any hesitation." Dorman said. "Any time you have a delay in effective dates for legislation, and especially a two year delay in this particular instance, it can create some confusion. So I hope by making the public aware that Senate Bill 837 is now effective, we can eliminate some of that confusion." Sen. Shurden said. 5-8:$0 p.m. Joi. us ia dowatowa Perkins. :e Li lhti,0-00rd0, Park. 6 p.m Sa,ta arrives at 6:20 Live Music, Business Ope~ Houses, Hay I ides MsAn Steer Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin invited Oklahomans to join her in inscribing their sig- natures on a state flag that will be sent to the 550 members of an Oklahoma Army National Guard unit in Iraq. "I invite all Oklahomans to stop by my office at the State Capitol this week and add their names to this very special and symbolic greeting to the soldiers of the 120th Engineer Battalion," Fallin said. The flag will be displayed in her second floor office at the TRIPLE TICKETS with the purchase of Gift Items DOUBLE TICKETS with any Over the Counter Medicine Purchase Capitol through Friday. Capitol visitors can add their signatures to it between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day until then. The 120th Engineers will be on active dot);.'irllthe' WaX zone 4hrough the holidays. Most recently, the "U {t Was st' ti0ned in the vicinity of Fallujah, where intense fighting throughout November focused on clear- ing Iraq's major remaining terrorist stronghold. The 120th Engineers are headquartered in Okmulgee, and many of the unit's members come from that part of the state. "Along with all of the other worthy efforts to support our troops during the holiday season, this effort will send an Oklahoma message to the members of an Oklahoma unit in harm's way." Fallin said. She said she "enthusiastically sup- ports" other programs to send holiday greetings to American forces overseas, including the Operation Kids and Troops pro- gram sponsored by Oklahoma resident Spencer Cluff, which focuses on enlisting school children to write to service men and women. "We need to send a unified message that we support and appreciate our guardians," she said. "This Oklahoma flag will remind the members of this Oklahoma unit that we are thinking of them and praying for them." Fallin said the signed flag will be shipped to the 120th Engineers in Iraq betbre Christ- mas so they can display it in their mess hall or living quarters. The Lieutenant Governor expressed thanks to the Okla- homa Military Department for offering to ship the flag to the unit before Christmas and to All Sooner Flag and Flagpoles, 5812 N. Portland, for donating the flag. 0il Change Harris for any RX's Called in 24 hours in advance 246 S. Main, Perkins M-F 8:30-6 Sat. 8:30-1 www.perkinsdrug.com Travel Plaza 1201 N. Perkins Rd. Perkins