Oklahoma No Pay for State Legislators While In Prison, State Question 724 (2006)

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The Oklahoma No Pay for State Legislators While In Prison Amendment, also known as State Question 724, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure required state legislators to return any pay they received while incarcerated if they were found guilty of or plead guilty to a criminal offense. The measure also prohibited legislators from receiving any pay while incarcerated after such a verdict or plea.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 724 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 771,054 87.78%
No107,29412.22%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

This measure amends Article V, Section 21 of the State Constitution. That Section deals with State pay to legislators. The amendment restricts State pay to some legislators. The pay restriction would apply to some legislators while in jail or prison. The pay restriction would apply to legislators found guilty of a crime. It would also apply to legislators who plead either guilty or no contest. Affected legislators must return any State pay received for time while in jail or prison.

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The full text of the measure can be read here.

Support

"If I went to jail or prison, I would lose my job, and salary," said an anonymous member of the OK Blawg. "They should have lost salary when they were not showing up for work, and then lost their job, like everyone else! I can not believe it is even a question!"[4]

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