Governor’s Desk Next Step for Accountability Measures

Legislative Update

The governor this week signed into law five measures that will help the Legislature keep much better track of how taxpayer money is spent and better monitor programs and services. The bills represent historic government reform.

 State agencies have at times worked against the Legislature trying to pass common sense reform. Not all agencies have been responsive to the Legislature in showing transparency in expenditures. This will ensure the agencies answer directly to the state’s chief executive and his cabinet.

 The governor will have hiring and firing authority over five of the largest appropriated state agencies: the Office of Juvenile Affairs, the Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Transportation Department and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


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