Capitol Comments

Newly elected Gov. Kevin Stitt delivered his first State-of-the-State Address to a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday, kicking off the first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature.

Gov. Stitt laid out his vision for the 2019 legislative session, and he shares many of the same goals that I have for the upcoming year. The governor told legislators that he wants government reforms that give him the ability to hire and fire agency directors, more accountability and efficiency in government, more funding for education, additional criminal justice reforms that reduce the number of non-violent offenders in our prison system and a healthcare solution for low-income and rural Oklahomans.

We certainly agree that the chief executive officer of the state should have more control over who answers to him or her. This session, I filed a measure that would give the governor direct appointment authority over the five largest state agencies.

 

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