Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 17, 2016
Sen. Nathan Dahm Sen. Anthony Sykes
Bill ensuring more accountability
in public policy rules heads to full Senate
Nathan Dahm and Anthony
Sykes said a bill ensuring legislative input on state agency
rules will create greater accountability when determining policies
impacting the lives of Oklahomans. Senate Bill 1130 clarifies Oklahoma
law to ensure the Legislature’s authority to approve, amend
or disapprove agency rules.
Dahm, principal author of SB 1130, said the measure was approved
by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
“Up until the administration of President Woodrow Wilson,
our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. had the ability
to change federal agency rules when needed. Ever since then, the
federal bureaucrats, who don’t have to answer to the public
for their actions, have had control over public policy issues that
impact the lives of private citizens and businesses in countless
ways, and we know it’s often a negative impact,” said
Dahm, R-Broken Arrow. “We want to ensure that at the state
level, it is those who are directly accountable to the people who
have the final say and have the oversight ability to protect people
and businesses from excessive agency rules.”
Language contained in SB 1130 would codify the Legislature’s
right to amend any rules as they proceed through the legislative
review process and establish new agency rules directly through enactment
of a joint resolution.
“When bureaucracies adopt rules that run contrary to the will
of Oklahoma citizens, people get trampled. It is impossible to hold
a bureaucrat accountable,” said Sykes, R-Moore. “But
I’m living proof that you can hold an incumbent accountable.
This measure ensures greater accountability to the public in the
policy decisions that affect their lives.”
SB 1130 will next be considered by the full Senate.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Dahm: (405) 521-5551
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569