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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order on Friday prohibiting all state agencies from entering or extending any contracts with lobbyists without being granted written permission from one of Stitt's cabinet secretaries. The governor said he doesn't believe the practice is a proper use of state funds. DOUG HOKE/The Oklahoman file

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday issued an executive order barring state agencies from hiring outside lobbyists as long as he remains in office.

Stitt first addressed lobbying in state government in January, when he filed an executive order requiring all state agencies to submit a list of every lobbyist they hired and the terms of their contract. This order also prohibited agencies from entering into, or renewing, any contract with a lobbyist through the duration of Fiscal Year 2019.

Collected data shows state agencies spent $1.48 million on lobbyists in FY 2019, down from $1.52 million in FY 2018.

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