Two measures fail in Oklahoma
By Al Ortiz
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: Two out of the eleven measures on the Oklahoma general election ballot were rejected by voters: State Question 744 and State Question 754. State Question 744 was defeated by a wide margin, according to the elections results via the Oklahoma Secretary of State's Website. The measure was defeated with approximately 80 percent voting 'no'. The measure would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution to require the Oklahoma State Legislature to fund public education to at least the per-pupil average of neighboring states. SQ 744 was initiated by the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) after the union lost a lawsuit seeking to increase education funding.
SQ 754 was defeated with a vote of 62.92 percent to 37.08 percent. The measure would have mandated that the Oklahoma State Legislature could not be required to make expenditures for any function of government using a predetermined formula of any kind or by reference to the expenditure levels of any other state government or any other entity.
Ironically, the two measures that failed were tied together as the passage of State Question 754 would have essentially shot down State Question 744 if that measure was passed as well.