|Updated: 11/06/2012 9:28 pm
||Published: 11/06/2012 9:27 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma voters have approved a measure to restructure the state's troubled human services department.
Supporters say it will add accountability to a department that has struggled with a string of child neglect cases and a class-action lawsuit in recent years.
The measure abolishes the title of the agency, its board of commissioners and its ability to set policy. It shifts oversight and power to the governor's office, which will appoint the agency's director with the consent of the Oklahoma Senate.
Opponents of the measure say it goes too far in trying to right the agency's past mistakes.
But Gov. Mary Fallin has said the measure will complement Oklahoma's Pinnacle Plan, a $153 million blueprint for overhauling the foster care system over the next five years.
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