Rules & Regulations
The text of important acts and laws relevant to the Land Office may be accessed online, as provided in the following paragraphs.
Creation of the Land Office Trust: Enabling Act of 1906
Congress authorized the admission of the State of Oklahoma into the Union in the Enabling Act of 1906. Sections 7–12 of the Enabling Act provide that upon admission to the Union, certain sections of land within the state were donated by the federal government and placed in trust for the benefit of public education. In addition, the federal government appropriated five million dollars to be placed in trust and invested for the exclusive use and benefit of public education. The Act further generally delineates how the assets of the trust are to be managed.
Constitutional Provisions Related to the Commissioners of the Land Office
The constitution of the State of Oklahoma contains two articles referencing the creation, duties and mission of the Commissioners of the Land Office. First, Article 6, Section 32 provides for the membership of the Commission and confers constitutional authority to manage trust lands. The Commissioners are the governor, lieutenant governor, superintendent of public instruction, president of the board of agriculture and the state auditor and inspector.
Second, Article 11, Sections 1–7 confirm the lands and funds donated at statehood shall be administered as a trust as required by the federal Enabling Act of 1906 for the benefit of public education, and further delineate how the various trust assets are to be managed, administered and distributed.
Governing Legislation: Title 64, sections 1001–1095 of the Oklahoma Statutes
Legislatively enacted laws governing the administration and operation of the Land Office may be accessed here.
Administrative Rules of the Land Office: OAC Title 385
The administrative rules of the Land Office are contained in Title 385 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. An unofficial copy of Title 385 administrative rules relating to oil and gas mining and agricultural and commercial lands leasing, among other items, may be accessed here.
Royalty Computation Rules & Regulations
Real Estate Management Leasing Rules & Regulations
The investment plan along with the real property acquisition guidelines were designed to describe the roles and responsibilities of parties involved with the trust, provide guidelines for the prudent investment of the Land Office assets, and provide a framework for ongoing monitoring of investment performance in the trust.
Open Records Policy
The Land Office is committed to operating in accordance with Oklahoma’s Open Records Act. A copy of the Land Office Open Records Policy may be accessed here.
If you would like to submit an open records request, click here.
Internal Audit Policy
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) defines the mission of internal audit as:
“To enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.”
The IIA mission of internal audit has been adopted by the Commissioners of the Land Office internal audit activity.
A risk-based internal audit plan is developed and approved by the Commission annually. Internal audit engagements are performed following the requirements of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Professional Practices Framework which includes mandatory elements consisting of:
- the Definition of Internal Auditing,
- the Code of Ethics,
- Core Principles for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and
- the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
The internal audit activity will meet or exceed these mandatory requirements of the profession.
On April 20, 2004, Gov. Brad Henry signed HB 2197, now known as the Oklahoma Electronic Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) Act. The law resulted in the creation of standards designed to make information technology, including website content and tools, accessible for persons with disabilities. Standards developed by the Land Office are based on Federal Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act accessibility standards, but do not reflect all parts of Section 508.
Documents on this website may occasionally be presented in formats other than HTML. These formats are generally accessible to users using screen-reading software. The screen-reading capabilities of Adobe Acrobat Reader may allow vision-impaired visitors to access PDF content. In the event that the PDF format of a document cannot be made fully accessible, an alternate version of the document will be provided in an accessible format.
Reporting an Accessibility Problem
The Land Office is working to meet compliance with Oklahoma’s EITA standards and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you would like to report an accessibility problem with the Land Office website, please email the Land Office accessibility compliance representative at email@example.com. Be sure to include the web address (URL) of the page or file and any other relevant details about the problem or request.
Assistance with Accessing OMES Information
The Oklahoma EITA Act requires that the Land Office, as a State of Oklahoma agency, provides electronic and information technology products that are accessible to people with disabilities. Under the EITA Act, the Land Office and other State of Oklahoma agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to this technology that is comparable to the access available to others. The law applies to all state agencies when they develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology.
The Land Office is committed to providing resources that are accessible to people of all abilities. If you find that any of our information products, including what you see on this site, are not in compliance with the EITA Act, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (405) 521-4000. When you contact us, please refer to the specific information found to be non-compliant. This will help us address the issue more quickly.
Links to related items:
- Other Oklahoma EITA resources and information
- HB 2197: PDF
- Section 508