Oklahoma Rep. Jason Murphey on Scientology's Lobbying: "It's Some Spooky-Looking Stuff" - 2013-02-22
A bill regulating drug rehab centers in Oklahoma that could spell big trouble for Scientology's Narconon flagship operation there passed the state Senate 46-0 this week, and now it goes before the House.
Its House co-sponsor is Jason Murphey, a young Republican representative known for his commitment to modernizing government and ethics reform. We talked to him yesterday about the bill's chances in the House, as well as what he's seen from Scientology as lobbying efforts to prevent the bill from becoming law.
Like Senator Tom Ivester, a Democrat, Murphey was troubled last year by the news coming out of Scientology's flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, which is in the eastern part of the state. Three patients had died in a nine-month period, and multiple local and state investigations had been launched.