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Opinion

January 15, 2014

Revolutionary ideas at the state Capitol

NORMAN — There are a couple of revolutionary ideas that have been floating around the state Capitol in the last few weeks in the form of House and Senate bills.

One would eliminate 101 elected state legislative positions. Another would put term limits on county commissioners.

The legislative shrinking idea of Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, would eliminate the House of Representatives and create a single legislature made up of 48 lawmakers, coincidentally the same number as serve in the state Senate.

Mr. Anderson said lawmakers are always asking state agencies to tighten their belts and save public money. Why not ask the legislature itself to make some changes in the name of efficiency?

He told The Oklahoman approving Senate Joint Resolution 43 could save the state $16.5 million per year. We doubt any legislator would vote themselves out of a job, but then again, stranger things have happened in Oklahoma.

Also in the Senate, Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, has filed Senate Bill 1237, which places term limits on county commissioners, sheriffs, clerks and treasurers. The 12-year limit would be the same as legislators.

County officials have resisted such efforts in years past, and we expect similar opposition this year. Voters can set their own term limits and vote incumbents out every four years.

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