Lawmakers want changes in how two state offices are filled

Thursday, October 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Two state lawmakers want to change the way the state Labor Commissioner and Insurance Commissioner are selected.

Representatives Dan Boren and John Trebilcock say the two commissioners should be appointed by the governor instead of elected by the people. They plan to file bills for constitutional amendments to make the change.

Boren, a Democrat, and Trebilcock, a Republican, say there is no partisan politics involved. Both say there is a conflict of interest in contributions from groups regulated by the insurance and labor commissioners.

Boren calls both "secondary statewide offices" and says most people don't know what the commissioners do.

Current Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher is a Democrat while Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau Wynn is a Republican.