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Sen. Bill Would Allow Gubernatorial Appointments (Mar 09, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor would be allowed to appoint nine agency heads under a bill that's been approved by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 31-15 on Wednesday in favor of the proposal by Sen. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City.

Agency boards now appoint the directors or commissioners of the Office of Juvenile Affairs, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Russell says a governor should be able to pick his or her team members. Critics of the bill wondered how much influence agency boards would have if the governor appointed executive agency heads.

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