Oklahoma Service in Government and Military Amendment, State Question 769 (2014)

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State Question 769
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Oklahoma Constitution
Referred by:Oklahoma Legislature
Topic:Administration of government on the ballot
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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November 4
State Question 769
State Question 770
State Question 771
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The Oklahoma Service in Government and Military Amendment, State Question 769 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would guarantee that government officials can also serve as officers and members of the National Guard, Officers Reserve Corps, Oklahoma State Guard or any other active militia or military force organized under state law.[1]

Thus, the amendment would exempt officers and members of the forces mentioned from restrictions on serving in more than one paying public position.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The tentative ballot question reads as follows:[1]

BALLOT TITLE
Legislative Referendum No. _____ State Question No. _____

THE GIST OF THE PROPOSITION IS AS FOLLOWS:

This measure amends Section 12 of Article 2 of the state Constitution. This section prohibits the holding of more than one office at the same time. It applies to certain offices. This measure would not allow the law to be construed to keep some people from holding two offices at the same time. It would apply to officers and enlisted members of the National Guard, and the National Guard Reserve. It would also apply to the Oklahoma State Guard and any other active militia or military force organized under state law. It would also apply to officers of the Officers Reserve Corps of the United States and enlisted members of the Organized Reserves of the United States. The Legislature could pass laws to put these changes in place.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?

FOR THE PROPOSAL — YES _____________

AGAINST THE PROPOSAL — NO _____________ [2]

Constitutional changes

The measure amends Section 12 of Article II of the Constitution of Oklahoma:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Section 12. No member of Congress from this State, or person holding any office of trust or profit under the laws of any other State, or of the United States, shall hold any office of trust or profit under the laws of this State; provided, neither the provisions of this section nor any other provision of this Constitution or state law shall be construed to prohibit the following officeholders from holding at the same time any other office of trust or profit:
1. Officers and enlisted members of the National Guard;
2. Officers and enlisted members of the National Guard Reserve;
3. Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps of the United States;
4. Enlisted members of the Organized Reserves of the United States; and
5. Officers and enlisted members of the Oklahoma State Guard and any other active militia or military force organized under state law.

The Legislature shall have the power to enact laws to further implement the provisions of this section.[2]


Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Oklahoma Constitution

A simple majority vote was required in both chambers of the Oklahoma Legislature in order to place the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Oklahoma Legislature, "Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 33," accessed April 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.