Oklahoma State Resource Center
Oklahoma Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The attorney general's office provides legal counsel and representation for state agencies and employees. The office also represents the interests of Oklahoma consumers, the state's natural resources and Oklahoma crime victims.
- Auditor and Inspector
The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector is the chief financial officer for the State of Oklahoma. The Auditor is responsible for overseeing and reviewing the financial accounts of all government agencies within Oklahoma. His primary function is to account for all of the state’s funds.
The Executive Power of the State is vested in the Governor. As Chief Executive,the Governor exercises supervision over the agencies of the executive branch. The Governor is designated by the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of the militia of the State, except when in service of the United States. The Constitution also provides that the Governor shall cause the laws of the State to be faithfully executed and shall conduct in person, or in such manner as may be prescribed by law, all business of the state.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor serves in place of the Governor when the chief executive officer leaves the state, becomes incapacitated or resigns. Oklahoma's Lieutenant Governor also serves as the President of the Oklahoma State Senate, casting a vote in the event of a tie and presiding over joint sessions of the State Legislature. Constitutionally, or by state law, the Lt. Governor presides over, appoints a designee or is a member of 10 state boards and commissions.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is appointed by the Governor and with the consent of the Senate. he Secretary of State is required by law to attest to the Governor's signature and to file all official acts of the Governor. From Business Services to Legislative Services to International Relations, the Secretary of State’s office provides a host of services to the citizens of Oklahoma.
- State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the U.S. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people", and is known informally by its nickname, The Sooner State. Among the most geographically diverse states, Oklahoma is one of four to harbor more than 10 distinct ecological regions, with 11 in its borders — more per square mile than in any other state.
- State Treasurer
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Oklahoma Legislative Branch
- House of Representatives
The Oklahoma House of Representatives is the lower house of the Oklahoma Legislature. Its members are responsible for introducing and voting on bills and resolutions, providing legislative oversight for state agencies, and helping to craft the state's budget.
- Oklahoma Legislature
The Legislature of Oklahoma is bicameral, comprising the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate, with all members elected directly by the people. The Oklahoma Constitution vests all legislative powers of the state government in the Legislature. The Legislature exercises the legislative power by enacting Oklahoma law. The Legislature may legislate on any subject and has certain "necessary and proper" powers as may be required for carrying into effect the provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution. The powers of the Legislature are only limited by the powers reserved to the people, namely initiative and referendum.
- State Senate
The Oklahoma Senate is the upper house of the two houses of the Legislature of Oklahoma. The total number of Senators is set at 48 by the Oklahoma Constitution. The presiding officer of the Senate is the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, who is the President of the Senate.
Oklahoma Court Rules and Forms
- Oklahoma Administrative Office of the Court Forms
- Oklahoma Child Support Forms
Oklahoma Child Support Services Forms and Appendices.
- Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Rules and Forms
- Oklahoma District Court Cover Sheets
Civil and Criminal Cover Sheets.
- Oklahoma District Court Protective Order Forms
- Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Forms
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules
- Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court Forms
- Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court Rules
Title 85. Workers' Compensation.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Oklahoma Forms
National and Local Bankruptcy Forms.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Oklahoma Rules
Provides link to instant pdf download of Local Rules.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Oklahoma Forms
Official and Procedural Bankruptcy Forms.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Oklahoma Rules
Provides link to instant pdf download of Local Rules.
Oklahoma Judicial Branch
- Oklahoma Appellate Courts
Unlike most states, Oklahoma has two courts of last resort. The Supreme Court determines all issues of a civil nature, and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decides all criminal matters. Members of these courts, and of the Court of Civil Appeals, are appointed by the governor from a list of three names submitted by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.
- Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals is an intermediate appellate court in the state of Oklahoma. It's cases are assigned to it by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the state's highest court for civil matters. The court consists of twelve judges divided into four panels with three judges each. They are responsible for the majority of appellate decisions in Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest court in the State of Oklahoma with appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases. It is the state court of last resort in criminal matters. The Court derives its origin and jurisdiction from the state constitution.
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Network
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is Oklahoma’s court of last resort in all civil matters and all matters concerning the Oklahoma Constitution. It consists of nine justices appointed by the governor to serve life terms, but unlike U.S. Supreme Court justices, they are subject to an election every six years in which voters choose whether or not to retain them. The Oklahoma Supreme Court is also charged with the administration of the entire state court system.
- Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court
The Workers' Compensation Court administers the Workers' Compensation Act. It is vested with jurisdiction to determine claims for compensation, the liability of employers and insurers, and any rights asserted under the Act. The Court is made up of ten Judges. This limited jurisdiction tribunal considers cases involving on-the-job injuries occurring while an employee is within the scope of employment. Appeals from the Workers' Compensation Court are to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Oklahoma Executive Branch
- Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) enforces the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act to train and assist local law enforcement agencies, and compile drug related statistics. OBNDD is a law enforcement agency with a goal of minimizing the abuse of controlled substances through law enforcement measures directed primarily at drug trafficking, illicit drug manufacturing, and major suppliers of illicit drugs. The following divisions make up the OBNDD: Diversion, Intelligence, and Enforcement.
- Department of Agriculture, Food, and Foresty
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Foresty is responsible for providing services and expertise that promote and protect Oklahoma's food supply and natural resources while stimulating economic growth. The Agriculture Department protects and educates consumers about Oklahoma’s agricultural and livestock productions. Its purpose is to develop and execute policy on farming, agriculture, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities, also to meet the needs of Oklahomans.
- Department of Central Services
The Department of Central Services assists customers in accomplishing their missions by providing essential services and quality solutions through: procurement, facilities, real estate, construction, fleet, risk management, property reutilization, printing and distribution.
- Department of Commerce
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is the primary economic development entity in the state. The mission of the Department is to increase the quantity and the quality of jobs in Oklahoma through the following means: Business Attraction, Creation and Retention; Community Development; Knowledge-Based Industry Development; and Workforce Development, Recruitment and Retention.
- Department of Corrections
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) is responsible for the administration of the state prison system. DOC's mission is to protect the public, the employees and the offenders. DOC's primary goals include recidivism reduction, the safe and humane operation of a professional correctional system providing secure confinement and supervision of offenders, and by offering programs and services that afford offenders opportunities for positive change and successful reentry.
- Department of Education
The mission of the Oklahoma State Department of Education, is to improve student success through: service to schools, parents and students; leadership for education reform; and regulation/deregulation of state and federal laws to provide accountability while removing any barriers to student success
- Department of Emergency Management
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against disasters and emergencies. The department maintains the State Emergency Operations Center which serves as a command center for reporting emergencies and coordinating state response activities. For more effective response to a disaster, OEM helps plan, promote and conduct local, state and federal exercises to test response capability.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality is to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma and protect the health of its citizens by protecting, preserving and restoring the water, land and air of the state, thus fostering a clean, attractive, healthy, prosperous and sustainable environment.
- Department of Health
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is responsible for protecting the health of all Oklahomans and providing other essential human services. OSDH serves as the primary public health protection agency in the state. OSDH , through its system of local health services delivery, is ultimately responsible for protecting and improving the public's health status through strategies that focus on preventing disease. OSDH includes 4 major service branches; Community Health Services; Family Health Services; Disease & Prevention Services; and Protective Health Services.
- Department of Human Services
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) is responsible for protecting the health of all Oklahomans and providing other essential human services. OSDH serves as the primary public health protection agency in the state.
- Department of Insurance
The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is responsible for enforcing the insurance-related laws of the state. OID protects consumers by providing accurate, timely and informative insurance information. OID promotes a competitive marketplace and ensures solvency of the entities it regulate. OID also licenses and educates insurance producers and adjusters, funeral home directors, bail bondsmen and real estate appraisers.
- Department of Labor
The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) is responsible for supervising the administration of all state laws relating to labor and workplace safety and gathers and publishes information about the workforce of Oklahoma. ODOL is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the State's minimum wage law, enforces the State's child labor laws, oversees that State's workers’ compensation insurance compliance program, regulates of private employment agencies, and investigates and mediates of unpaid wages disputes.
- Department of Libraries
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) is the official state library of Oklahoma. ODL serves the information and records management needs of state government, assists with public library development, coordinates library and information technology projects for the state, and serves the general public through its specialized collections.
- Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the laws relating to the operation and use of vehicles on the highways of the state, the examination of drivers applying for licenses, control of driver licenses and regulations, telecommunications, OLETS, Financial Responsibility, regulation and control of motor boats and vessels on lakes and waterways of Oklahoma, the responsibility for the personal security and protection of the Governor and the Governor's immediate family, the security and protection of the Governor's Mansion and grounds, and providing for accumulation and rapid retrieval of information on criminal and traffic laws offenders. The Department is organized into sections and sub-divisions to carry out these responsibilities.
- Department of Transportation
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is to provide a safe, economical, and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma. ODOT is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and regulation the use of the state's transportation infrastructure, which includes rail lines, state highways, state seaports and state airports. Along with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, the ODOT is the primary infrastructure construction and maintenance agency of the State.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The state veterans program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs provides a complete service to the State's veterans. This service includes nursing and domiciliary care, financial assistance in emergencies, and field service counseling in the filing of claims for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and state benefits. The Department also has a Claims and Benefits Division.
- Explore Oklahoma
Explore Oklahoma, presented by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department is the state's official Travel & Tourism Site. The Department is responsible for regulating Oklahoma's tourism industry and for promoting Oklahoma as a tourist destination.
- Office of Juvenile Affairs
The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) is the state's juvenile justice agency. OJA is responsible for planning and coordinating statewide juvenile justice and delinquency prevention services. OJA is also responsible for operating juvenile correctional facilities in the State.
- Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manages the civil service of the state government. OPM provides comprehensive human resource services to all state agencies and employees, as well as information for individuals interested in state service careers. OPM, together with the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, is also responsible for administering and enforcing the State Merit System, acting in both a service and regulatory capacity.
- Office of State Finance
The Office of State Finance is responsible for producing the Governor's Executive Budget and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, partnering in the implementation of the State of Oklahoma's Integrated Central Financial System (CORE), overseeing OneNet (Oklahoma government's largest Internet Service Provider) and managing OK.gov, the state's Internet portal.
- Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)fosters innovation in existing and developing businesses in Oklahoma. OCAST accomplishes this by supporting basic and applied research, facilitating technology transfer between research laboratories and firms and farms, providing seed capital for new innovative firms and their products, and helping Oklahoma’s small and medium-sized manufacturing firms become more competitive through increased productivity and modernization.
- Oklahoma Correctional Industries
Oklahoma Correctional Industries (OCI) is a division of the Department of Corrections. OCI utilizes offender labor, along with salaried supervisors and administrative staff, to provide various products and services to qualified customers throughout the state of Oklahoma. OCI is entirely self-supporting. The salaries of all administrators, factory superintendents, sales representatives, support personnel, and offender workers are paid with monies generated from the sale of OCI products and services rather than state appropriated funds.
- Oklahoma Geological Survey
The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) is a state agency for research and public service located on the Norman Campus of the University of Oklahoma and affiliated with the OU College of Earth and Energy. OGS is charged with investigating the state's land, water, mineral, and energy resources and disseminating the results of those investigations to promote the wise use of Oklahoma's natural resources consistent with sound environmental practices.
- Oklahoma Resources Integrated General Information Network Systems
- Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority
- Oklahoma State Parks
State Parks is a division of Tourism and Recreation Department. The state parks system is an integral part of tourism and one of the most significant recreational components for Oklahoma's citizens.
- Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
It is the Tourism and Recreation Department's job to make tourism a bigger, more vital part of Oklahoma's economy. There are three areas of concentration that the Department is focused on to energize the state's tourism industry: Enhancing Oklahoma's Image; Partnering with Oklahoma Tourism Leaders; and Revitalizing the Oklahoma State Parks System.
- State Banking Department
The Oklahoma State Banking Department (OSBD) is an agency of the state of Oklahoma. OSBD is responsible for regulating Oklahoma's banking system, including state-chartered banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, and trust companies, as well as cemeteries and money order companies. OSBD also handles consumer complaints involving state-regulated financial institutions.
Oklahoma Boards and Commissions
- Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission
The mission of the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission is to protect the public welfare and interest in the enforcement of the laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages, charity games and youth access to tobacco.
- Conservation Commission
The mission of the Conservation Commission is to conserve, protect and restore Oklahoma's natural resources, working in collaboration with the conservation districts and other partners, on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma.
- Corporation Commission
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is the public utilities commission of the state of Oklahoma run by three state-wide elected Commissioners. The Commission regulates and enforces the laws and supervised the activities associated with: the exploration and production of oil and gas; the storage and dispensing of petroleum based fuels; the establishment of rates and services of public utilities; and the operation of intrastate transportation. It also oversees the conservation of natural resources, avoiding waste production, abate pollution of the environment, and balancing the rights and needs of the people of Oklahoma with those of the regulated entities.
- Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training
The mission of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is to enhance public safety by providing education and training which promotes professionalism and enhances competency within the ranks of Oklahoma law enforcement; manage and regulate the licensing and training of private security.
- Employment Security Commission
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission’s (OESC) serves job seekers looking for a new position, employers looking for a worker with just the right skills, laid off workers making an unemployment claim, or researchers in search of the latest demographics. OESC is the employment arm for the state of Oklahoma. With the passage of the Workforce Investment Act, OESC and their partners statewide have joined together to form a workforce network known as Workforce Oklahoma.
- Ethics Commission
The Ethics Commission is the repository for state and county campaign registrations/reports and personal financial disclosure statements, as well as state lobbying registrations and reports. It issues ethics interpretations, and its staff issues informal opinions, on both the Rules and the Act. It also receives citizen information and investigates alleged violations of the Rules or the Act. Rule violations may be prosecuted by the Commission's general counsel in district court. Violations of the Act are referred to the appropriate prosecuting authority.
- Oklahoma Arts Council
For more than 40 years, the Oklahoma Arts Council has sustained Oklahoma’s vibrant non-profit arts industry. The Council's mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.
- Oklahoma Health Care Authority
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is the primary entity in the state of Oklahoma charged with controlling costs of state-purchased health care. The agency must balance this fiscal responsibility with two, equally important goals: 1) Assuring that state-purchased health care meets acceptable standards of care; 2) Ensuring that citizens of Oklahoma who rely on state-purchased health care are served in a progressive and positive system.
- Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission encourages agriculture, the breeding of horses, the growth, sustenance and development of live racing, and generates public revenue through the forceful control, regulation, implementation and enforcement of Commission-licensed horse racing and gaming.
- Oklahoma Liquid Propane Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission
The Oklahoma LP Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission is the number one source for research, marketing and safety activities as they relate to propane. The Commission has a variety of educational/marketing programs designed to inform and educate the public about propane. The Commission also provides a variety of marketing tools to assist the industry, such as pamphlets, booklets and brochures designed to educate and inform the users of propane.
- Oklahoma Securities Commission
The Securities Commission registers securities, broker-dealers and investment advisers. Securities registration is intended to provide adequate and accurate disclosure of material facts concerning the issuer and the securities it intends to offer and sell. Such disclosure is intended to assist the investor in making an informed investment decision that meets his or her needs and goals.
- Oklahoma Tax Commission
The mission of the Tax Commission is to serve the people of Oklahoma by promoting tax compliance through quality service and fair administration. The Commission manages not only the collection of taxes and fees, but also the distribution and apportionment of revenues to various state funds. Additionally, the Tax Commission distributes certain ear-marked funds to counties, school districts and municipalities throughout the state.
- Pardon and Parole Board
The mission of the Pardon and Parole Board is to determine the best possible decision, through a case-by-case investigative process and to protect the public while recommending the supervised released of adult felons. Although, in recent years the Board has been mandated to assist with alleviating prison overcrowding, it remains the Board's goal to maintain a low revocation & recidivism rate for Oklahoma.
- State Election Board
Established under the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma in 1907, the Oklahoma State Election Board is the administrative agency for the conduct of state elections and the oversight of the state's 77 county election boards. ?
- State Pension Commission
The Oklahoma State Pension Commission was formed to provide guidance to public officials, legislators and administrators in developing public retirement objectives and principles, identifying problems and areas of abuse, projecting costs of existing systems and modifications to those systems, and recommending pension reform programs.