President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2019
Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat
OHCA, ODOT Government Accountability Bills to House
Bills part of agreement to give governor ability to hire/fire agency
The Oklahoma Senate
overwhelmingly passed two government accountability measures that
are a part of a larger deal to give the governor the ability to
hire the heads of five of the largest state agencies.
Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat’s bills would give
the governor the ability to hire and fire the head of the Oklahoma
Health Care Authority (SB 456) and the director of the Oklahoma
Department of Transportation (SB 457) with Senate confirmation.
“The century old system we operate now is broken. Agencies
aren’t accountable to anyone other than a board of unelected
bureaucrats. That is unacceptable and it must change. As the CEO
of the executive branch, Oklahoma’s governor needs the ability
to hire a team to enact his or her vision for the state. Agency
directors will be directly accountable to the governor under our
government accountability bills. That’s the best way to inject
more accountability into state government and give the governor
the ability to truly make improvements all across state government,”
said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Key parts of government accountability bills:
• The governor would have the authority to hire and fire the
agency leader with Senate confirmation.
• State agencies would maintain governing boards, but board
members will serve at will and a conflict of interest provision
is included in legislation.
• The governor would appoint a majority of the board members,
and the House and Senate would gain appointment seats on the boards.
• The House and Senate would be able to remove agency leaders
with a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
SB 456 passed on a 37-9 vote, and SB 457 was approved on a 36-9
vote. Both measures now head to the House of Representatives.
The other bills in the government accountability agreement are:
• HB 2480, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
• HB 2479, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
• HB 2483, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565