Bill to abolish Oklahoma Corrections Board advances from committee

A bill to abolish the Oklahoma Board of Corrections and have the agency's director report to the governor was approved unanimously Thursday by the House Government Modernization Committee.
by Randy Ellis Modified: February 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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Bill to abolish Corrections Board moves forward

A bill to abolish the state Board of Corrections and have the agency's director report to the governor was approved unanimously Thursday by the House Government Modernization Committee.

House Bill 2876, which passed 8-0, will advance to the House Calendar Committee for possible consideration by the whole House.

“This is not against any particular board member,” said state Rep. Tom Newell, R-Seminole. “In a sense, we hold the governor responsible every four years for things, and yet the governor doesn't have that much real authority.

“I think whether it's a Democrat governor or a Republican governor, we ought to let them be free to run the executive branch of government,” he said.

The bill calls for the corrections director to be supervised by the Cabinet secretary of safety and security.

Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau


by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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