Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Proposal (2010)

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The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Proposal was not on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would merge the Pardon and Parole Board with the Corrections Department. The measure was introduced by Representative Chris Benge, who stated that the proposed measure is a way to save money in the state.[1]

Although some legislative members stated a problem with combining the two agencies, citing a potential lack of independence of the Pardon and Parole Board, Benge claimed that some parole officers are already working for the Corrections Department.[2]

Constitutional changes

The measure would have amended Article VI, Section 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution by adding Section 10a.[1]

Path to the ballot

The Oklahoma State Legislature can approve a proposed amendment by a majority vote. (However, if the state legislature wants the proposed amendment to go on a special election ballot, it has to approve the amendment by a 2/3rds vote.) Oklahoma is one of ten states that allows a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.

Ballot title

The ballot title that voters would see on the ballot read as follows:[1]

"This measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It amends the section dealing with the Pardon and Parole Board. The amendment would transfer the Pardon and Parole Board to the Department of Corrections. It would add a new Section to the Constitution. It would transfer all duties and powers of the Pardon and Parole Board to the Department of Corrections."

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