State agencies told to comply with law requiring loyalty oath

Monday, November 22nd 2004, 8:33 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State agencies are being told to comply with a little-known state law that requires all government employees to take a loyalty oath.

State Finance Director Scott Meacham says a Mayes County man's relentless letter and e-mail-writing campaign prompted the request.

The man is Doug Carson, an 83-year-old World War Two veteran who's complained for years that officials and employees violated the law by failing to take the loyalty oath.

A 1951 state law requires government employees from the janitor to the governor to take the oath. The oath calls for the person to support the U-S and Oklahoma Constitution as well as federal and state laws.

The state is required to withhold the pay of employees who fail to take the oath.