Oklahoma Corporation Commission
|Oklahoma Corporation Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$38,186,000|
|Length of term:||6 years|
|Authority:||Oklahoma Constitution, Article 9, Section 15|
|Leadership:||Patrice Douglas (R)|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The current chairperson is Patrice Douglas. She serves alongside Bob Anthony and Dana Murphy. Jeff Cloud, a former commissioner, was serving a term that did not end until 2014. He announced on September 1, 2011 his resignation in order to "pursue opportunities in the private sector." His replacement, current chair Patrice Douglas, was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin.
Article 9, Section 15:
|A Corporation Commission is hereby created, to be composed of three persons, who shall be elected by the people at a general election for State officers, and their terms of office shall be six years...|
Article 9, Section 16:
|The qualifications of such commissioners shall be as follows: To be resident citizens of this State for over two years next preceding the election, and qualified voters under the Constitution and laws, and not less than thirty years of age; nor shall such commissioners, or either of them, be, directly or indirectly, interested in any railroad, street railway, traction line, canal, steam boat, pipe line, car line, sleeping car line, car association, express line, telephone or telegraph line, operated for hire, in this State, or out of it, or any stock, bond, mortgage, security, or earnings of any such railroad, street railway, traction line, canal, steam boat, pipe line, car line, sleeping car line, car association, express line, telephone or telegraph line, compress or elevator companies; and if such Commissioner shall voluntarily become so interested, his office shall become vacant; and if any Corporation Commissioner shall become so interested otherwise than voluntarily, he shall, within a reasonable time, divest himself of such interest; and failing to do this, his office shall become vacant. Nor shall any such commissioner hold any other office under the government of the United States, or of this State, or any other state government, and shall not, while such Commissioner, engage in any occupation or business inconsistent with his duties as such commissioner.|
- a citizen of the state for more than 2 years immediately before the election
- a qualified Oklahoma voter
- at least 30 years old
- not holding any other office in any government
- not interested, either directly or indirectly, in any railroad, street railway, traction line, canal, steam boat, pipe line, car line, sleeping car line, car association, express line, telephone or telegraph line, operated for hire, in this State, or out of it, or any stock, bond, mortgage, security, or earnings of any such railroad, street railway, traction line, canal, steam boat, pipe line, car line, sleeping car line, car association, express line, telephone or telegraph line, compress or elevator companies
The commissioners are elected to staggered six-year terms, with one commissioner elected every two years.
On March 14, 2011, the Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill that would have given the governor the power to appoint 7 of the 11 statewide elected officials, including all three corporation commissioners. The Senate would then have to confirm all appointments. The amendment, known as the Oklahoma State Office Appointment Amendment did not make the 2012 ballot.
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The commissioners are not subject to term limits.
Article 9, Section 15 of the state constitution also addresses the issue of vacancies in the office. In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor will fill the vacancy by appointment and the appointee will serve until the next general election, when a successor shall be elected to fill out any unexpired term.
In Article 9, Section 18 of the state constitution, the commission is granted the power and authority to supervise, regulate, and control "all transportation companies doing business" in the state. This regulation can include rates, charges, classification of traffic, and rules and regulations.
According to its FY 2010 annual report snapshot, the corporation commission is responsible for regulating:
- public utilities (except those under municipal or federal jurisdiction or exempt from regulation)
- oil and gas drilling, production and environmental protection
- aspects of motor carrier, rail and pipeline transportation
- aspects of cotton gins
- aspects of private water companies
- the environmental integrity of petroleum storage tank systems
- the proper operation of fuel dispensing units at retail filling stations
- Administration Division
- Consumer Services Division
- Office of Administrative Proceedings
- Oil and Gas Division
- Petroleum Storage Tank Division
- Public Utility Division
- Transportation Division
The budget for the Corporation Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $38,186,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, two members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission were paid an estimated $114,713 while the third was paid an estimated $116,713. These figures comes from the Council of State Governments.
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Oklahoma Corporation Commission
2101 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-2211
- KTUL.com, "Corporation commissioner Jeff Cloud to resign," September 1, 2011
- KFOR, "Okla voters could decide to expand governor's power to appoint current elected officials," March 14, 2011
- Occeweb.com, "Oklahoma Corporation Commission: Annual report snapshot FY 2010 (page 3)," accessed September 28, 2011
- Office of Management and Enterprise Services, "FY-2014 Executive Budget Historical Document," accessed April 11, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed May 14, 2011