Oklahomans for Responsible Government

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Oklahomans for Responsible Government (OFRG) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit in Oklahoma. It was founded in January 2008. Brian Downs is the group's director.

According to its website, OFRG focuses on five main areas:

  • Term limits.
  • Reform of the Oklahoma initiative petition process.
  • Education transparency. OFRG advocates allowing parents to track student progress as well as teacher and school performance. OFRG also advocates requiring all Oklahoma school districts to publish their budgets online, in a searchable checkbook-register format.
  • Opposing Oklahoma State Question 744 (2010).
  • Advocating for Oklahoma income tax and property tax reductions.[1]

Initiative rights

OFRG is a supporter of Oklahoma House Bill 2246. HB 2246 would make it easier for citizens to qualify ballot initiatives for the ballot in Oklahoma.

On June 8, 2009, Gov. Brad Henry vetoed the bill, drawing a rebuke from OFRG, which said that Henry's veto was a slap to the face of citizens who want to petition their government. Downs says it leaves Oklahoma with one of the nation's highest barriers for getting a measure on the ballot."[2][3]

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