Oklahomans for Responsible Government

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Oklahomans for Responsible Government (OFRG) was a 501(c)(4) non-profit in Oklahoma. It was founded in January 2008. Brian Downs was the group's director. The group disbanded on December 31, 2010, due to economic difficulties.[1]

OFRG focused on five main areas:

  • Term limits.
  • Reform of the Oklahoma initiative petition process.
  • Education transparency. OFRG advocated allowing parents to track student progress as well as teacher and school performance. OFRG also advocated 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.

Initiative rights

OFRG was a supporter of Oklahoma House Bill 2246. HB 2246 would have made 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 left Oklahoma with one of the nation's highest barriers for getting a measure on the ballot.[2]

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