| Task Force bill is killed in Senate committee after AG lobbying
A bill to create a task force to review Oklahoma's petition process, with the intention of improving the initiative process, was killed in a Senate committee on March 31, 2008, after Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson lobbied Democrats against letting the bill to the floor.
"A Democratic legislator, who wants to remain anonymous for fear of political retribution, has confided to me that Attorney General Edmondson has lobbied against bills to reform the petition process," said Norma Sapp, executive director of Oklahomans for Initiative Rights. "Why? What is Edmonson afraid of? What are these Democratic Senators afraid of? This bill would simply allow legislators to find out the facts about the petition process and to discuss possible solutions. How can anyone be against having more information?"
The Oklahoma Political News Service posted Sapp's version of the story, which concluded: "It may be normal politics but it isn't right."