OKLAHOMA CITY Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat on Wednesday filed bills granting the Oklahoma governor more appointment power of five top agency directors. Treat said the bills will provide more accountability and give the governor the ability to truly lead the state.
Our current system of government disperses power too widely so that most agencies arent accountable to the governor and in turn arent accountable to the voter. The system hasnt worked. The system has bred dysfunction and allowed the status quo to hold sway for far too long. Its time we change this broken system, said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Regardless of the governors political party affiliation, they are elected to serve as the chief executive of the state and to lead the state. The governor should be able to select the men and women he or she wants to run these top state agencies to help fully enact the governors vision and agenda, Treat said.
We heard in Governor Kevin Stitts inaugural address that he seeks to provide more accountability. I am encouraged by his commitment to that principle and excited to work with him to bring it about. These bills are a great step toward providing more accountability and returning more power to the people of Oklahoma, Treat said.
The five bills address five of the top 10 agencies according to state appropriated dollars. The bills filed Wednesday include: