Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2016
Sen. Greg Treat
Resolution approved to allow voters to decide on appointment
of Labor Commissioner
The Senate approved a joint resolution Tuesday to put on the November
ballot a state question to make the Commissioner of Labor a gubernatorial
appointed position. Sen. Greg
Treat, R-Oklahoma City, is the author of Senate Joint Resolutions
“As the executive leader of the state, the governor should
have the power to hire and fire agency heads and should be held
accountable for their work,” said Treat. “This is a
measure that two years ago, the late Commissioner Costello came
and testified before our committee saying that he was in full support.
He felt it was better governance. I thank my Senate colleagues for
their support of the legislation.”
SJR 65 would submit a question to voters to allow the governor to
appoint the Commissioner of Labor with the consent of the Senate
for a term of four years to run concurrently with the governor’s
term of office.
Oklahoma is one of only a few states that elect a labor commissioner.
If approved by the House, the state question will be submitted to
the Secretary of State to be placed on the November 2016 ballot.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5632