What Is the 'Seat of Government'?
Now that potentially opens another embarrassing chapter in constitutional law, namely that our Labor Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Insurance Commissioner were moved out of the capitol years ago. The Superintendent is 1/4 mile away; the Labor Commissioner is 3/4 mile away; and the Insurance Commissioner is nearly 3 miles away.
The Attorney General, himself, is not keeping his office and papers in the capitol building, as prescribed by the constitution and his own interpretation of it.
Can a 'seat of government' refer to a contiguous tract of state land? In other words, a campus of sorts? Sort of like the federal mall in Washington, DC? That would be sensible and rational. Some would argue that the seat of state government is the city, itself; namely - Oklahoma City, OK. But if security of state government and constituent convenience is the intention, then having to run around town seems contrary to that end.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court may need to eventually rule on the definition of the constitutional description; "seat of government". They may reasonable define it as the campus of contiguous state government land which the capitol building, governor's mansion and the judicial headquarters is located on.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...