Agency Accountability, Criminal Justice Reform Measures Advance

Government functions best when different branches, elected officials, and agencies maintain good working relationships.

To his credit, Gov. Kevin Stitt understands the value of maintaining collegial relationships with the Legislature and his efforts seem to be generating wins for his administration.

Last week, the governor and a large group of Senators and Representatives held a large joint press conference, announcing a reform package aimed at consolidating accountability for executive agencies (and power over those agencies) in the governor’s office.

The new plan gives the governor the ability to hire and fire the directors of five state agencies: the Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Department of Transportation.



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