Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2013
Sen. Greg Treat
Senate approves plan to reform executive
The state Senate today advanced a proposal that would
allow voters to make the offices of state superintendent, insurance
commissioner and labor commissioner gubernatorial appointments.
Treat, author of Senate Bill 598, said the reform would allow
the governor to be the true executive of the state and be more fully
responsible for the executive branch.
“I think the governor should be the true CEO of the state,
regardless of their party affiliation,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma
City. “The governor should have the authority to hire and
fire people to run these agencies, and be held accountable for their
performance or non-performance. That is what this proposal would
Treat noted Oklahoma is one of 10 states in which an insurance commissioner
is elected. Twelve states elect a superintendent of public instruction
and just four states elect a labor commissioner.
“Other states have realized that it makes little sense to
have so many statewide elected officials,” Treat said. “Dividing
executive power in this manner diminishes accountability. The executive
functions of government should be under the executive branch, which
should be fully responsible for their actions.”
Under the measure, beginning in 2018, the appointments would be
subject to consent of the Senate and would run for terms of four
years, concurrently with the term of the Governor.
For more information contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5632