Social Security

Section-1: Relief and care of needy aged and disabled persons - Co-operation with Federal plan.

In order to promote the general welfare of the people of the State of Oklahoma and for their protection, security, and benefit, the Legislature and the people by initiative petition are hereby authorized to provide by appropriate legislation for the relief and care of needy aged persons who are unable to provide for themselves, and other needy persons who, on account of immature age, physical infirmity, disability, or other cause, are unable to provide or care for themselves; Provided, the Legislature or the people by initiative petition, are further authorized, in co-operation with and under any plan authorized by the Federal Government for State participation, to provide by appropriate legislation for the relief and care of aged or needy persons.   The levy of taxes, other than ad valorem taxes, necessary to carry into effect legislation enacted pursuant thereto, is hereby authorized.  

Section-2: Department of Public Welfare.

For the purpose of effectively administering and carrying into execution all laws enacted pursuant to the authority granted in Section One hereof, there is hereby created a Department of Public Welfare.  Said Department of Public Welfare is hereby charged with the duty and responsibility of faithfully administering and carrying into execution all laws enacted pursuant to the authority granted in Section One hereof and shall perform such other duties as may, from time to time, be prescribed by law.   

Section-3: Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission.

The Department of Public Welfare shall be under the control of a commission to be known as the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission, composed of nine members appointed by the Governor and selected on the basis of recognized interest in and knowledge of the problems of public welfare.  Each member of the Commission shall be at least thirty years of age, shall be a citizen of the United States, and shall have been a qualified elector of Oklahoma at least five years next preceding his or her appointment.  Members of the Commission or any person employed by and working under direction of said Commission may be of either sex. Immediately upon the taking effect of this Article, the Governor shall appoint the members of said Commission for terms of office as follows:  One member for a term of one year, one member for a term of two years, one member for a term of three years, one member for a term of four years, one member for a term of five years, one member for a term of six years, one member for a term of seven years, one member for a term of eight years and one member for a term of nine years.  Except as above designated, the term of office of the members of said Commission shall be nine years or until their successors are appointed and qualified. The Governor shall designate one member of the Commission as chairman. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be allowed necessary traveling and other expenses actually incurred while in the performance of their official duties. The Governor shall have the power to fill vacancies on the Commission for the remainder of the unexpired term.   No member of said Commission shall be subject to removal by the Governor, but any such member shall be removable only in the manner and for the causes now provided in Article 2, Chapter 20, Oklahoma Statutes 1931, for the removal of officers not subject to impeachment.  The venue of actions for removal shall be in Oklahoma County.   

Section-4: Director of Public Welfare.

It shall be the duty of the Commission to select a Director of Public Welfare, who shall not be a member of the Commission, and who shall serve as the executive and administrative officer of the Department of Public Welfare.  The Director shall be appointed wholly on the basis of ability, training and experience qualifying him or her for public welfare administration.  The Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission.  The salary of the Director shall be fixed by the Commission.   The Commission shall formulate the policies, and adopt rules and regulations for the effective administration of the duties of the Department.  All executive and administrative duties and responsibilities of the Department shall be discharged by the Director, subject to the approval of the Commission.  Subject to the control of the Commission, the Director shall have the power and it shall be his duty to employ personnel of the Department, prescribe minimum standards of qualifications for such personnel and conduct examinations before employment, formulate salary schedules for classified service based upon training, experience and general ability of persons selected for positions in the Department or any institutions or activities under the supervision of the Department.  

Section-5: Effect of legislation contemporaneously adopted.

  Any legislation under the authority herein granted, adopted contemporaneously with the adoption of this amendment, shall have the same force and effect as if same had been initiated and adopted subsequent to the adoption of this amendment.