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Oklahoma ballot initiative news

Education petition seeks more state funding

The Oklahoma Education Association is planning a petition drive designed to raise $850 million initially for schools by requiring the state to fund schools at the regional average. Called the HOPE ballot initiative — Helping Oklahoma Public Education — the initiative petition proposes amending the Oklahoma Constitution to require the regional average in per-pupil funding for schools.[1]

Civil Rights Initiative sponsors move to withdraw due to insufficient signatures

Lawyers for Oklahoma City attorney W. Devin Resides, sponsor of the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative—which would have ended race and gender preferences in public employment, public education, and public contracting—filed a motion with the Oklahoma Supreme Court April 4, 2008, to withdraw the proposed ballot measure, State Question 737, from consideration.[2]

The initiative was being challenged in court by the American Civil Liberties Union. Chuck Norton, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oklahoma, charged that the signature-gathering process was riddled with errors.[3] Read full item here

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."

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  1. OK News: "Education petition seeks more state funding," July 17, 2008
  2. Tulsa World: "Backers say they don't have enough valid signatures to get the proposal on a ballot," April 5, 2008
  3. KTEN-TV: "Supreme Court suit hits petition," March 7, 2008