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December 13, 2013

Legislator proposes tests for elected officials

OKLAHOMA CITY — Elected officials, including state legislators, might soon have to pass a test indicating their basic knowledge of the office they have under a plan being pushed by one state legislator.

Claremore Republican Rep. Marty Quinn hosted an interim study Thursday to discuss his idea of improving training requirements for elected county officials, including testing requirements.

Quinn said many professionals in Oklahoma are required to be certified, including hairstylists, teachers, plumbers and restaurant workers.

He said it only makes sense that elected officials, including legislators, be properly trained in their area of work. He said it’s particularly important for elected officials to understand matters of public finance.

Although training is mandated for county officials, there currently are testing requirements only for a few county offices, like assessor and treasurer.

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