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Oklahoma ballot initiative news

It's toast: State ballot blander than in past

Oklahoma has had its share of "sexy” ballot initiatives this decade, but 2008 will be an exception, says a journalist from the Oklahoman Editorial. While voters elsewhere are weighing in on gay marriage, abortion restrictions, English-only measures and legalizing assisted suicide, the November Oklahoma ballot will be blander than dry toast. Since 2000, voters have banned cockfighting, outlawed gay marriage, raised the tobacco tax, created a state lottery, extended casino gaming options and allowed the sale of liquor on Election Day. [1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] Read full item here

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  1. NewsOK.com, It's toast: State ballot blander than in past, Jul 28, 2008
  2. OK News: "Education petition seeks more state funding," July 17, 2008
  3. Tulsa World: "Backers say they don't have enough valid signatures to get the proposal on a ballot," April 5, 2008
  4. KTEN-TV: "Supreme Court suit hits petition," March 7, 2008