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A new push to make some Oklahoma offices appointive

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: March 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm •  Published: March 3, 2013

A change by voters wouldn't be unprecedented. In 1975, they chose to make the labor post an appointed position. They reversed course 13 years later and voted to make it elective again. Subsequent efforts to make the labor and insurance jobs appointive have gone nowhere.

Will this one have more luck? The insurance job has had a history of questionable officeholders. Efforts are under way at the Legislature to keep spending in check for the current commissioner, John Doak. As for the labor post, commissioners from both sides of the aisle have left plenty to be desired.

Oklahomans may well prefer leaving these three offices elective. But lawmakers ought to give them a chance to make that known by sending this proposal to a vote of the people. They previously voted to limit all statewide elected officials, including Costello, to two terms.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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