Article XXIII, Oklahoma Constitution

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Article XXIII of the Oklahoma Constitution is entitled Miscellaneous and consists of 11 sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Hours of Labor on Public Work

Eight hours shall constitute a day's work in all cases of employment by and on behalf of the State or any county or municipality.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Contracting Prohibited

The contracting of convict labor is hereby prohibited.

Section 3

Text of Section 3:

Children under Fifteen

The employment of children, under the age of fifteen years, in any occupation, injurious to health or morals or especially hazardous to life or limb, is hereby prohibited.

Section 4

Text of Section 4:

Employment Underground - Hours of Labor Underground

Boys and girls under the age of eighteen years shall not be employed, underground, in the operation of mines; and, except in cases of emergency, eight hours shall constitute a day's work underground in all mines in the State.

Section 5

Text of Section 5:

Health and Safety of Employees

The Legislature shall pass laws to protect the health and safety of employees in factories, in mines, and on railroads.

Section 6

Text of Section 6:

Contributory Negligence - Assumption of Risk - Questions for Jury

The defense of contributory negligence or of assumption of risk shall, in all cases whatsoever, be a question of fact, and shall, at all times, be left to the jury.

Section 7

Text of Section 7:

Right of Action - Amount of Recovery - Exclusiveness of Remedy under Workers' Compensation Law

The right of action to recover damages for injuries resulting in death shall never be abrogated, and the amount recoverable shall not be subject to any statutory limitation, provided however, that the Legislature may provide an amount of compensation under the Workers' Compensation Law for death resulting from injuries suffered in employment covered by such law, in which case the compensation so provided shall be exclusive, and the Legislature may enact statutory limits on the amount recoverable in civil actions or claims against the state or any of its political subdivisions.

Section 8

Text of Section 8:

Contracts Waiving Benefits of Constitution Invalid

Any provision of a contract, express or implied, made by any person, by which any of the benefits of this Constitution is sought to be waived, shall be null and void.

Section 9

Text of Section 9:

Notice or Demand, Stipulation for

Any provision of any contract or agreement, express or implied, stipulating for notice or demand other than such as may be provided by law, as a condition precedent to establish any claim, demand, or liability, shall be null and void.

Section 10

Text of Section 10:

Change of Salary During Term - Extension of Term - Continuance until Qualification of Successor

Except wherein otherwise provided in this Constitution, in no case shall the salary or emoluments of any public official be changed after his election or appointment, or during his term of office, unless by operation of law enacted prior to such election or appointment; nor shall the term of any public official be extended beyond the period for which he was elected or appointed: Provided, That all officers within this State shall continue to perform the duties of their offices until their successors shall be duly qualified.

Section 12

Text of Section 12:

On Use of Monies

All the proceeds, assets and income of any public retirement system administered by an agency of the State of Oklahoma shall be held, invested, or disbursed as provided for by law as in trust for the exclusive purpose of providing for benefits, refunds, investment management, and administrative expenses of the individual public retirement system, and shall not be encumbered for or diverted to any other purposes.

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Oklahoma Constitution