Oklahoma voters to decide on affirmative action ban in 2012

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April 28, 2011


OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: A second ballot measure has been placed on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state, as lawmakers sent an affirmative action ban proposal to voters on April 27, 2011. It would ban affirmative action programs in the state, and would prohibit special treatment based on race or sex in public employment, education or contracts. It was introduced by State Senator Rob Johnson and State Representative Leslie Osborn.[1]

On March 8, 2011, the measure was approved by the Oklahoma State Senate with a vote of 31-15. It was then sent to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where a similar vote took place, with the end result being 59-14 in favor. The proposal was then signed and approved on April 27, 2011 for ballot access. The Oklahoma State Legislature can approve a proposed amendment by a majority vote. However, if the state legislature wants the proposed amendment to go on a special election ballot, it has to approve the amendment by a 2/3rds vote.[2]

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