qotd 10/04/17

“I think term limits have changed the way we have to look at things. You have someone who serves 12 years in the Legislature, and they know they have to leave. There are always possibilities the wrong person might start looking at opportunities for a soft place to land when they are term limited.”

– Former state Representative Phil Ostrander, who served two terms before becoming a lobbyist, speaking in support of a proposed rule change that would prohibit lawmakers and state employees from lobbying for two years after they leave the post (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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