Oklahoma Senate Bill 800 (2009)

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Oklahoma Senate Bill 800, proposed to allow people who plan to circulate an initiative to submit a description of their initiative for public scrutiny before they gather the signatures. It also required that anyone who plans to challenge the initiative must challenge the measure early in the process.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Anthony Sykes, Rep. Jason Murphey and Rep. Mike Reynolds.

The bill successfully passed both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature on May 19, 2009 and on May 26, 2009 Gov. Brad Henry signed the bill into law.[1]


The National Council of State Legislatures gave the following description of SB 800:[2]

When an application to circulate a petition is filed, requires the secretary of state to cause to be published, in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the state, a notice of such filing and the apparent sufficiency or insufficiency thereof. The notice must include the title of the measure, and notice that any citizen or citizens of the state may file a protest as to the constitutionality of the petition, by a written notice to the Supreme Court and to the proponent or proponents filing the petition, or as to the ballot title as provided in Section 10 of this title. Any such protest must be filed within ten (10) days after publication. A copy of the protest shall be filed with the Secretary of State. Provides for a process for handling challenges.

Specifies that protests filed after the petition signatures are submitted for verification may deal only with the validity or number of signatures.[3]

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  1. Ballot Access News, "Oklahoma Governor Signs One Bill Easing Ballot Access for Initiatives," May 26,2009
  2. National Council of State Legislatures database, accessed March 3, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.