President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2019
Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat
Senate sends landmark government accountability
bills to governor
Bills give governor ability to hire/fire heads of OJA, ODMHSAS,
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday gave approval to three landmark
government accountability bills that are a part of a larger agreement
to give the governor the authority to hire and fire the heads of
five of the largest state agencies.
The bills by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg
Treat give the governor the ability to hire, fire and set the
salary of the heads of the Office of Juvenile Affairs (House Bill
2479), the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (House Bill 2480),
and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Services (House Bill 2483).
“A bright new day is dawning in Oklahoma with the approval
of government accountability measures that give the governor the
ability to truly lead the executive agency. For these five agencies,
Oklahomans will clearly know where the buck stops: with the governor.
Regardless of which party controls the governor’s office,
the chief executive should be able to set the vision and direction
of executive branch agencies. This is a great day and the beginning
of transformational change in the way government works in Oklahoma.
I appreciate the collaboration and hard work of both Governor Kevin
Stitt and Speaker Charles McCall in getting these measures across
the finish line. This is a tremendous achievement that will transform
Oklahoma for the next century. But it’s just the start. My
Senate Republican colleagues and I are excited to be a part of the
transformation,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Key parts of the 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.
The House on Tuesday approved bills granting the same ability to
the governor for the heads of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority
(SB 456) and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (SB 457).
All five government accountability bills go to the governor for
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565