Oklahoma School Lands, State Question 684 (2000)

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The Oklahoma School Lands Amendment, also known as State Question 684, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed the Commissioners of the Land Office to add the income from the school land funds to the funds and decide what amount of the income would be send to the schools and universities.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 684 (2000)
Defeatedd No569,55750.68%
Yes 554,256 49.32%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

This measure amends the State Constitution. It amends Sections 2, 3, and 5 of Article XI, which deal with the School Land Trust. The United States established the Trust to benefit the State’s common schools and certain State universities. The permanent school fund is part of that Trust. That trust fund must now forever remain intact and the State can never diminish it. The State can now only use the trust fund’s income to aid schools.

The measure changes how the State could use the permanent school fund. The measure allows the State to use more than the fund’s income to aid schools. The measure allows the State to diminish the fund itself to aid schools. The measure allows the State to use between 4 ¾% and 5 ½ % of the market value of the fund for the last three years to aid common schools.

The measure also allows the State to use more than trust income to aid the specified universities. The measure allows the State to also diminish the trust fund established to aid the universities. The measure does not set a limit on the amount of trust funds the State could use to aid the universities. [3]

Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

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  1. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Questions," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Question 684," accessed November 24, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.