Oklahoma Republican leaders agree to expand governor’s power

Democrats criticize the move as a power grap
Oklahoma Republican leaders agree to expand governor’s power
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Oklahoma’s new Gov. Kevin Stitt has scored a major policy victory as Republican legislative leaders have reached agreement for expanding the governor’s power over agency directors.

Flanked by House and Senate leaders, Stitt announced a deal that would give him the ability to hire and fire the directors of five of the state’s largest agencies. Those are the Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Office of Juvenile Affairs, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency.

Under the agreement, the governing boards of those agencies that currently hire and fire the agency directors would remain but have less control.