Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2010
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Senate Advances Measure to Reign in Administrative Rules
Passed by Agencies
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a
bill that would prohibit administrative rules by state agencies
from taking effect unless they are approved by the Legislature.
Sykes, author of the proposal, said the bill would eliminate
emergency rulemaking and prevent state agencies from making law.
“Today’s vote was a victory for transparency and accountability
in state government,” said Sykes, R-Moore. “Our goal
is to ensure that state agency rulemaking and regulatory processes
do not operate out of public view and remove procedures that lead
to an unaccountable government. Removing the ability of bureaucrats
to make law is an essential part of our effort to restore accountability
SB 1849 would amend the Administrative Procedures Act, by requiring
the Legislature to approve or disapprove whether administrative
rules adopted by state agencies could take effect.
“Anytime bureaucrats make law, the people lose their voice
in government,” Sykes said. “Administrative rules should
never be used to make substantive law. We’ve seen the fiasco
with electric cars, the ridiculous rules on the Back-to-School Sales
Tax Holiday and the mandate that all 4-H and FFA kids participate
in the Federal Government’s site registration program.”
SB 1849 will now advance to the House for consideration.
“It’s time to put a stop to agencies running over
the people of Oklahoma,” Sykes said. “Today’s
vote is a step in the right direction to restore the people’s
voice in government.”
more information contact:
Sen. Sykes: 405-521-5569