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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."<ref>[http://www.ktul.com/story/15379368/corporation-commissioner-jeff-cloud-to-resign ''KTUL.com,'' "Corporation commissioner Jeff Cloud to resign," September 1, 2011]</ref>
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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."<ref>[http://www.ktul.com/story/15379368/corporation-commissioner-jeff-cloud-to-resign ''KTUL.com,'' "Corporation commissioner Jeff Cloud to resign," September 1, 2011]</ref> His replacement, current chair [[Patrice Douglas]], was appointed by [[Governor of Oklahoma|Governor]] [[Mary Fallin]].
  
 
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==Authority==

Latest revision as of 10:29, 6 June 2014

Oklahoma Corporation Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $38,186,000
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Oklahoma Constitution, Article 9, Section 15
Leadership:  Patrice Douglas (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is a three person elected executive board in the Oklahoma state government. The commission is a regulatory agency, with an emphasis on the fuel, oil and gas, public utilities, and transportation industries.

Current officeholder

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."[1] His replacement, current chair Patrice Douglas, was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin.

Authority

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission was established in Article 9, Section 15 of the state constitution.

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...

Qualifications

The qualifications of commissioners is established in Article 9, Section 16 of the state constitution.

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

Elections

Oklahoma state government organizational chart

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.[2]

Full History


Term limits

The commissioners are not subject to term limits.

Vacancies

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.

Duties

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[3]

Divisions

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Organizational Chart as of June 30, 2011.
  • Administration Division
  • Consumer Services Division
  • Office of Administrative Proceedings
  • Oil and Gas Division
  • Petroleum Storage Tank Division
  • Public Utility Division
  • Transportation Division

State budget

The budget for the Corporation Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $38,186,000.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

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.[5]

2010

In 2010, according to the Council of State Governments, two of the commissioners were paid as estimated $114,713 each, and the third was paid an estimated $111,250.[6]

Proposed changes

In 1998, Oklahoma voters rejected State Question 679, a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would have equalized the compensation of all members of the commission.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Oklahoma Corporation Commission
2101 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: (405) 521-2211

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