Voters to decide on appointment of Labor

OKcapitolLgOKLAHOMA CITY – 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 65.

“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.

Mark Costello, OK Labor Commissioner

Mark Costello, former OK Labor Commissioner

“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.