Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2010
Sykes, Brogdon: Plan to Allow Insurance Department Bureaucrats
to Raise Fees Lacks Accountability
State Sens. Anthony
Sykes and Randy
Brogdon on Tuesday criticized the approval of a proposal to
give the Oklahoma Insurance Department the ability to raise fees
without accountability to the legislature or citizens.
“Allowing bureaucrats to raise fees with impunity is contrary
to the notion of a representative democracy,” said Sykes,
R-Moore. “At a time when Oklahomans are struggling with tremendous
financial burdens, we can’t allow state agencies to nickel
and dime our citizens with fees approved by a board of bureaucrats.
If we truly hope to increase accountability and efficiency in our
state agencies, this is the sort of legislation we must oppose.”
The Senate on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 1658 by a vote of 25
to 15, with eight members excused from the vote. The measure would
give the Insurance Department the authority to promulgate rules
regarding the establishment and collection of any fees falling within
the authority of the Commissioner or Department. Brogdon said the
proposal would set a dangerous precedent.
“We now have the opportunity to enact legislation returning
accountability to state government,” said Brogdon, R-Owasso.
“This measure takes us in the opposite direction, transferring
power to bureaucrats and relieving them of the accountability at
the same time. It’s a bill that erects a barrier between citizens
and their government, setting a dangerous precedent in our legislative
more information contact:
Sen. Sykes: 405-521-5569
Sen. Brogdon: 405-521-5566