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State Ques ons Con nued STATE QUESTION NO. 780


This measure amends exis ng Oklahoma laws and would change the classifi ca on of certain drug possession and property crimes from felony to misdemeanor. It would make possession of a limited quan ty of drugs a misdemeanor. The amendment also changes the classifi ca on of certain drug possession crimes which are currently considered felonies and cases where the defendant has a prior drug possession convic on. The proposed amendment would reclassify these drug possession cases as misdemeanors. The amendment would increase the threshold dollar amount used for determining whether certain property crimes are considered a felony or misdemeanor. Currently, the threshold is $500. The amendment would increase the amount to $1000. Property crimes covered by this change include; false declara on of a pawn  cket, embezzlement, larceny, grand larceny, the , receiving or concealing stolen property, taking domes cated fi sh or game, fraud, forgery, counterfei ng, or issuing bogus checks. This measure would become eff ec ve July 1, 2017.


STATE QUESTION NO. 781


This measure creates the County Community Safety Investment Fund, only if voters approve State Ques on 780, the Oklahoma Smart Jus ce Reform Act. This measure would create a fund, consis ng of any calculated savings or averted costs that accrued to the State from the implementa on of the Oklahoma Smart Jus ce Reform Act in reclassifying certain property crimes and drug possession as misdemeanors. The measure requires the Offi ce of Management and Enterprise Services to use either actual data or its best es mate to determine how much money was saved on a yearly basis. The amount determined to be saved must be deposited into the Fund and distributed to coun es in propor on to their popula on to provide community rehabilita ve programs, such as mental health and substance abuse services. This measure will not become eff ec ve if State Ques on 780, the Oklahoma Smart Jus ce Reform Act, is not approved by the people. The measure will become eff ec ve on July 1 immediately following its passage.


STATE QUESTION NO. 790


This measure would remove Ar cle 2, Sec on 5 of the Oklahoma Cons tu on, which prohibits the government from using public money or property for the direct or indirect benefi t of any religion or religious ins tu on. Ar cle 2, Sec on 5 has been interpreted by the Oklahoma courts as requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the State Capitol. If this measure repealing Ar cle 2, Sec on 5 is passed, the government would s ll be required to comply with the Establishment Clause of the United States Cons tu on, which is a similar cons tu onal provision that prevents the government from endorsing a religion or becoming overly involved with religion.


STATE QUESTION NO. 792


This measure repeals Ar cle 28 of the Oklahoma Cons tu on and restructures the laws governing alcoholic beverages through a new Ar cle 28A and other laws the Legislature will create if the measure passes. The new Ar cle 28A provides that with excep ons, a person or company can have an ownership interest in only one area of the alcoholic beverage business-manufacturing, wholesaling, or retailing. Some restric ons apply to the sales of manufacturers, brewers, winemakers, and wholesalers. Subject to limita ons, the Legislature may authorize direct shipments to consumers of wine. Retail loca ons like grocery stores may sell wine and beer. Liquor stores may sell products other than alcoholic beverages in limited amounts. The Legislature must create licenses for retail loca ons, liquor stores, and places serving alcoholic beverages and may create other licenses. Certain licensees must meet residency requirements. Felons cannot be licensees. The Legislature must designate days and hours when alcoholic beverages may be sold and may impose taxes on sales. Municipali es may levy an occupa on tax. If authorized, a state lodge may sell individual alcoholic beverages for on-premises consump on but no other state involvement in the alcoholic beverage business is allowed. With one excep on, the measure will take eff ect October 1, 2018.


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Source: energy.gov


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