President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 27, 2019
Sen. Greg Treat
Senate committee approves
government accountability measures
Pro Tem Treat bills provide governor authority to
hire/fire agency directors
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved five bills from
President Pro Tempore Greg
Treat that would give the governor the authority to hire and
fire the directors of five of the top appropriated state agencies.
Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said the measures are a simple, straightforward
way to accomplish the policy goal of agency accountability consistent
with the agenda of the Senate Republicans and Governor Kevin Stitt.
“Accountability is an important part of the equation in making
Oklahoma a top 10 state. Many agency directors are accountable only
to an unelected board or commission. This system has preserved the
status quo and led to agencies languishing with minimal innovation.
The system is broken and it must be fixed. These Senate bills will
ensure agency directors of five of the biggest state agencies are
accountable to the governor, who is directly accountable to the
people. If we pass these bills, Oklahomans will know the buck stops
with Governor Stitt. I appreciate the Senate Republicans on the
Rules Committee for their support of this measure and look forward
to advancing it out of the Senate,” Treat said.
Government accountability measures:
• Agency directors of OHCA (SB 456), ODOT (SB 457), DOC (SB
458), ODMHSAS (SB 459), and OJA (SB 460) will be appointed by the
governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, and shall serve
at his/her pleasure.
• Governor has the authority to hire, fire, and set the salary
for all five directors.
• Governing boards and commissions will be eliminated, and
their duties will be consolidated into the directors.
The measures will next be considered by the full Senate.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565