More Government Accountability Measures Pass Committee

Legislative Update

Five government accountability measures passed committee this week that would allow the governor and the state Legislature more direct appointment authority over agency directors and boards.

House Bills 2479, 2480, 2481, 2482 and 2483, by House Speaker Charles Mc-Call, would give the governor direct appointment power over the executive directors of the Office of Juvenile Affairs, the Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state Department of Transportation and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services. These five agencies receive a large portion of state appropriated dollars, yet their boards do not have to directly answer either to the current executive or to lawmakers elected by the people.

The governor’s appointments would be subject to advice and consent of the state Senate. The measures also would give the governor and the Legislature the ability to rebalance the boards, giving the governor four appointments and the Legislature four appointments to each board – two from the House and two from the Senate. The measures also would allow for an impeachment and conviction process, much like the federal government has.



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