Oklahoma elected officials may be put to the test

Oklahoma - Elected officials may soon be required to pass a test before taking office if one Oklahoma legislature has his way.

Many professionals, such as teachers for example, are required to be certified. Now, Claremore Rep. Marty Quinn wants to add elected officials to that list.

Quinn hosted a study Thursday to discuss improving training requirements for elected county officials, which would include testing. He says elected officials, including legislators, should be properly trained in their area of work just like teachers, hairstylists and plumbers are required to.

The Representative has said it is particularly important for elected officials to understand matters of public finance. Training is already required for county officials but not every office requires testing. Only a few county offices, like assessor and treasure require tests currently.