Article XVI, Oklahoma Constitution

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Article XVI of the Oklahoma Constitution is entitled Public Roads, Highways, and Internal Improvements and consists of three sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Power of Legislature Respecting Highways

The Legislature is directed to establish a Department of Highways, and shall have the power to create improvement districts and provide for building and maintaining public roads, and may provide for the utilization of convict and punitive labor thereon.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Acceptance of Lands Granted or Reserved for Highway

The State of Oklahoma hereby accepts all reservations and lands for public highways made under any grant, agreement, treaty, or act of Congress: Provided, This section shall not be construed to prejudice the vested rights of any tribe, allottee, or other person to any such land.

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

System of Levees, Drains, and Ditches and Irrigation

The Legislature shall have power and shall provide for a system of levees, drains, and ditches and of irrigation in this State when deemed expedient, and provide for a system of taxation on the lands affected or benefited by such levees, drains, and ditches and irrigation, or on crops produced on such land, to discharge such bonded indebtedness or expenses necessarily incurred in the establishment of such improvements; and to provide for compulsory issuance of bonds by the owners or lessees of the lands benefited or affected by such levees, drains, and ditches or irrigation.

External links

Oklahoma Constitution