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Gubernatorial Power Bill Passes Committee (Feb 25, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Voters would be asked to dramatically increase the governor's power under a bill that has sailed through a Senate committee.

The Senate General Government Committee voted 6-1 on Monday for a bill that would ask voters whether the governor should have the power to appoint the state superintendent of public instruction, labor commissioner and insurance commissioner.

All three office holders currently are elected by the people.

The bill by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. Greg Treat would send to the voters in 2014 a proposal to change that to allow the governor to make the appointments, with Senate confirmation. Treat's bill will next be heard by the full Senate.

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello endorsed the proposal.

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