Bill asks Okla. voters to expand governor's power

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma voters could decide whether to expand the governor's power to appoint three currently elected officials under a measure that narrowly passed the Senate.

The Senate voted 26-15 on Wednesday for the resolution that would ask Oklahoma voters to give the governor the authority to select the state superintendent, labor commissioner and insurance commissioner, subject to Senate approval. A bill requires 25 votes for passage in the 48-member Senate.

All three positions currently are elected by voters.

If approved by voters in the 2014 general election, those three officeholders would complete their four-year terms. The new governor elected in 2018 would then have the authority to appoint people to the posts.

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