Oklahoma Compensation for State Commissioners, State Question 679 (1998)

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The Oklahoma Compensation for State Commissioners Amendmentalso known as State Question 679, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution so that the state's Corporation Commissioners and Tax Commissioners could have received compensation increases during their terms of office in a way that would have equalized the compensation of newly-elected or appointed commissioners with the compensation of existing commissioners.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 679 (1998)
Defeatedd No446,88356.35%
Yes 346,102 43.65%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot question

The official ballot summary appeared as:[2]

This measure seeks to change Sections 34 and 10 of Articles 6 and 23, respectively, of the State Constitution. Unlike other public officials, the Corporation Commissioners and the members of the Oklahoma Tax Commission share the same power in their offices. These persons hold office beginning in different years. These persons may only receive an increase in pay if that pay increase has been written into law before they take office. The current law allows these persons to receive different pay but share equal power. Because the current law does not allow these persons' pay to increase while holding office, they may serve at the same time but have different pay levels. This measure seeks to give equal compensation levels to these persons.


Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

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  1. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Questions," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "State Question 679," accessed November 24, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.