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§ 84.2. Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics--Employees--Unclassified service--Property--Fun...

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 3. Aircraft and AirportsEffective: November 1, 2023

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 3. Aircraft and Airports
Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics Act
Effective: November 1, 2023
3 Okl.St.Ann. § 84.2
§ 84.2. Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics--Employees--Unclassified service--Property--Funding
A. Beginning July 1, 2002, the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall cease to be part of or a division of the Department of Transportation and shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct agency, to be known as the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics, and not under the Merit System of Personnel Administration. The Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics and the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall continue to exercise their statutory powers, duties, and responsibilities. All records, property, equipment, assets, monies, matters pending, and funds of the division shall be transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics.
B. 1. The number of full-time-equivalent employees for the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall not be less than ten, nor more than the number of employees currently allowed by law for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission division of the Department of Transportation and who transfer to the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics pursuant to this section. In no event shall the total full-time-equivalent employees of the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics transferring or electing to remain with the Department of Transportation exceed eighteen full-time-equivalent positions.
2. All full-time-equivalent employee positions for the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall not be under the Merit System of Personnel Administration and shall be considered unclassified service. All employees shall serve at the pleasure of the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics.
3. The Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics and the Department of Transportation may enter into an agreement for the transfer of personnel from the Department of Transportation to the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics. No employee shall be transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics except on the freely given written consent of the employee. All classified employees under the Merit System of Personnel Administration who are not transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall retain the status in the class to which the position occupied by the employee on July 1, 2002, is allocated by the Office of Personnel Management. The salary of such an employee shall not be reduced as a result of such position allocation. All employees who are transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall not be required to accept a lesser grade or salary than presently received. All employees shall retain leave, sick and annual time earned, and any retirement and longevity benefits which have accrued during their tenure with the Department of Transportation. The transfer of personnel between the state agencies shall be coordinated with the Office of Personnel Management.
C. The Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall be authorized to rent, lease, or own the appropriate office space and property in order to conduct its business. The Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics is authorized to accept gifts, bequests, devises, contributions, and grants, public or private, including federal funds or funds from any other source for use in furthering the purpose of the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics.
D. Funding for the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics shall be provided for in the appropriation process of the Legislature, in addition to any other funding provided by law. The expenses incurred by the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics as a result of the transfer required by this section shall be paid by the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics.
E. The division within the Department of Transportation known as the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission shall be abolished by the Transportation Commission after the transfer has been completed.
F. The Director of State Finance is directed to coordinate the transfer of assets, funds, allotments, purchase orders, liabilities, outstanding financial obligations or encumbrances provided for in this section. The Department of Central Services shall coordinate the transfer of property and records provided for in this section.

Credits

Laws 2002, c. 269, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2005, c. 100, § 2, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2023, c. 126, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2023.
3 Okl. St. Ann. § 84.2, OK ST T. 3 § 84.2
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 378 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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