Politics and Government
11:26 am
Fri March 8, 2013

House Defeats Replacement Appointments Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma House has killed a bill to authorize the governor and legislative leaders to make one-time replacements of their appointments to state boards and commissions. The House vote 47-40 against the measure Thursday.

Oklahoma State Capitol
  Its author, Representative Jason Murphey of Guthrie, held the bill over for reconsideration, meaning House members could vote on it again.The bill would have allowed the governor and any other executive branch official with appointing authority as well as the House speaker and Senate president pro tem to make one-time replacements of their appointments to state boards and commissions.Murphey says members of state boards are sometimes not responsive to voters. But Representative Gus Blackwell of Laverne says the bill would make board members puppets of the appointing authority.