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Offi cial Ballot Titles for Oklahoma State Questions


STATE QUESTION NO. 776 (Legislative Referendum) This measure adds a new section to the Oklahoma Constitution, Section


9A of Article 2. The new Section deals with the death penalty. The Section establishes State constitutional mandates relating to the death penalty and methods of execution. Under these constitutional requirements:


The Legislature is expressly empowered to designate any method of exe-


cution not prohibited by the United States Constitution. Death sentences shall not be reduced because a method of execution is


ruled to be invalid. When an execution method is declared invalid, the death penalty imposed


shall remain in force until it can be carried out using any valid execution method, and The imposition of a death penalty under Oklahoma law —as distinguished


from a method of execution—shall not be deemed to be or constitute the in- fl iction of cruel or unusual punishment under Oklahoma’s Constitution, nor to contravene any provision of the Oklahoma Constitution.


SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED? FOR THE PROPOSAL – YES AGAINST THE PROPOSAL – NO


STATE QUESTION NO. 777 (Legislative Referendum) This measure adds Section 38 to Article II of the Oklahoma Constitution.


The new Section creates state constitutional rights. It creates the follow- ing guaranteed rights to engage in farming and ranching:


The right to make use of agricultural technology The right to make use of livestock procedures, and The right to make use of ranching practices.


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These constitutional rights receive extra protection under this measure


that not all constitutional rights receive. This extra protection is a limit on lawmakers’ ability to interfere with the exercise of these rights. Under this extra protection, no law can interfere with these rights, unless the law is justifi ed by a compelling state interest—a clearly identifi ed state interest of the highest order. Additionally, the law must be necessary to serve that compelling state interest. The measure—and the protections identifi ed above—do not apply to and do not impact state laws related to:


8 Trespass,


Eminent domain, Dominance of mineral interests, Easements Any state statutes and political subdivision ordinances enacted before December 31, 2014.


SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED? FOR THE PROPOSAL – YES AGAINST THE PROPOSAL – NO


Shown below are the Offi cial Ballot Titles for Oklahoma State Questions as fi led with and approved by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office. There will be a total of seven State Questions on the ballot when voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8th.


STATE QUESTION NO. 779 (Initiative Petition) This measure adds a new Article to the Oklahoma Constitution. The article


creates a limited purpose fund to increase funding for public education. It increases State sales and use taxes by one cent per dollar to provide revenue for the fund. The revenue to be used for public education shall be allocated: 69.50% for common school districts, 19.25% for the institutions under the authority of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 3.25% for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and 8% for the State Department of Education. It requires teacher salary increases funded by this measure raise teacher salaries by at least $5,000 over the salaries paid in the year prior to adoption of this measure. It requires an annual audit of school districts’ use of monies. It prohibits school districts’ use of these funds for increasing superintendents’ salaries or adding superintendent positions. It requires that monies from the fund not supplant or replace other educational funding. If the Oklahoma Board of Equalization determines fund- ing has been replaced, the Legislature may not make any appropriations until the amount of replaced funding is returned to the fund. The article takes effect on July 1 after its passage.


SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED? FOR THE PROPOSAL – YES AGAINST THE PROPOSAL – NO


STATE QUESTION NO. 780 (Initiative Petition) This measure amends existing Oklahoma laws and would change the clas-


sifi cation of certain drug possession and property crimes from felony to misdemeanor. It would make possession of a limited quantity of drugs a misdemeanor. The amendment also changes the classifi cation of certain


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