OKLAHOMA CITY–Rep. James Lockhart, D-Heavener, filed a bill that will require all applicants for state employment to sign a statement of non-collusion. The bill, HB2328, passed in the Oklahoma House today by a vote of 84-5.
“I am thrilled that this bill passed, and I hope it will help to solve the problems of job creation and favorable treatment for political appointees to state jobs,” said Lockhart. “However, I was surprised that the bill did not receive unanimous support.”
The bill will make it more difficult for favoritism to play a part in hiring and firing practices and in the treatment of employees.
“In my experience as a state employee, I have been a witness to job creation and favorable treatment for political appointees,” Lockhart said. “Many of these individuals have received transfers and promotions over others who had more experience and education. This is simply inexcusable and I am doing what I can to put a stop to it.
“In applying for state jobs, people should be judged by their qualifications, not the quality of their political contacts.”