Bill would make Cabinet positions optional

Monday, April 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma governors would have more flexibility in appointing an executive cabinet under legislation passed Monday by the state House.

The bill gives the governor discretion on whether to name an executive cabinet to help run state government. Current law makes the executive cabinet mandatory.

Its author, Democratic Representative MC Leist, says giving governors more flexibility could save money and make state government more efficient.

The House also narrowly passed a measure that would make resident immigrants eligible for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

The bill was passed in spite of concerns that it might encourage illegal immigration into the state.