SQ 153 removed from Oklahoma ballot

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July 23, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: Instead of 12 questions, Oklahoma will see 11 ballot measures this fall after State Question 753 was removed from the ballot. The measure would have granted to the Oklahoma State Senate the right to review and approve any person chosen by the Governor of Oklahoma to fill a position on the Workers' Compensation Court. It would have amended Section 1 of Article VII of the Oklahoma Constitution.[1]

According to the Oklahoma Secretary of State's website, the measure was removed from the ballot by SJR 66, which is to be enacted upon approval of HB 2652. HB 2652 deals with the issue of Workers' Compensation Court appointment, which is what SQ 753 dealt with, therefore leaving a vote on the matter in November unnecessary. The description of the bill reads as follows:[2]

"Workers' Compensation Court; relating to membership and terms of Workers' Compensation Court Judges; providing for permanent assignment of certain positions; modifying expiration dates of certain terms; requiring legislative approval for the closure of certain court. Effective date."

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