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Oklahoma Governor Says Insurance Commissioner Could Be Appointive

As an Oklahoma legislative committee considers impeaching state Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher, who is facing criminal charges, Governor Brad Henry (D) is urging state legislators...
August 17, 2004

As an Oklahoma legislative committee considers impeaching state Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher, who is facing criminal charges, Governor Brad Henry (D) is urging state legislators to "seriously consider" appointing -- instead of electing -- officials to some statewide offices, such as insurance commissioner, labor commissioner and others. The ongoing impeachment charges for Fisher have sparked renewed interest in asking Oklahoma voters to amend the state's Constitution to change the way the positions are filled.  Oklahoma is one of eleven states that elects an insurance commissioner. Commissioner Fisher says he has done nothing wrong, but has refused to testify before the impeachment committee.