OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state senator says he plans legislation that would end the Senate’s tag agency patronage system.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee said Monday his measure will prohibit lawmakers from recommending tag agents to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
In the past, state senators have suggested individuals they thought should serve as tag agents to the agency. Under Coffee’s legislation, the Oklahoma Tax Commission will directly appoint tag agents.
Coffee says the agency has traditionally followed the recommendations of local senators in filling the positions. He says the legislation removes patronage and returns professionalism to the appointment and management of tag agencies.
Coffee says Oklahoma and Tulsa counties have been out from under the patronage system for many years with significant success.