Oklahoma State Senate
President Pro Tempore Designate
Senator Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 22, 2008
Sen. Glenn Coffee
President Pro Tem Coffee Will Introduce Legislation
to End Tag Agency Patronage
Coffee confirmed Monday that one of his first
reforms of state government will be in the form of authoring
legislation ending the Senate’s tag agency patronage system
by prohibiting lawmakers from recommending tag agents to the
Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC).
In the past, Oklahoma State Senators have suggested to OTC those
individuals they thought should hold the position of tag agent. Under
Coffee’s legislation, the Oklahoma Tax Commission will
directly appoint tag agents.
“Traditionally, the OTC has followed the recommendations
of the local senators in filling these positions,” said
Coffee. “This legislation simply removes patronage
and returns professionalism to the appointment and management
of tag agencies.
“This is a reform that is long overdue, and I believe
it will be greeted with bi-partisan enthusiasm,” he continued. “It’s
time for this patronage to end, and I’m happy to bring
it to a painless, peaceful conclusion.”
Oklahoma and Tulsa counties have been out from under the patronage
system for many years with significant success, and Coffee says
this reform brought by the new Senate majority will bring professional
management to the tag agency system.
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636