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Oklahoma City Council to ask voters for higher salaries

Oklahoma City Council members decided today to let voters decide on several changes to the city charter — including one that would double the salary of the mayor and council members.

The changes will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The change, if approved, would pay the mayor $48,000 a year and council members $24,000 a year. The pay increases would go into effect after the next election for each office, in accordance with state law.

Other charter changes on November’s ballot address when council members can appoint temporary replacements in case of the resignation or death of a council member, lowering the age requirements for mayor and council, how the vice mayor is selected and a clarification of an ordinance preventing city officers and employees from having an interest in city contracts.

The council also agreed to set a special election for Nov. 4 to replace Ward 6 Councilwoman Ann Simank, who resigned last week when her son was accepted to the city’s fire training academy. The charter prevents council members from serving if they have a relative on staff. [1]

UPDATE: School funding petition drive kicks off

A petition drive to boost Oklahoma spending on public education began Thursday and immediately drew criticism from Republican lawmakers. The HOPE, or Helping Oklahoma Public Education, campaign aims to amend the state constitution and require the Legislature to fund public education to at least the per-pupil average of neighboring states. (Read the full story.)

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. [2]

Governor puts state questions on ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Brad Henry has signed the authorization to place four proposed state questions on the November 4, 2008 General Election ballot. State questions 735, 741, 742 and 743. The first two initiatives are for property tax exemptions, and the others deal with game & fish regulations, and winemakers being able to deal directly with restaurants, cutting out the wholesaler.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] Read full item here

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  1. Oklahoma City Council: "Oklahoma City Council to ask voters for higher salaries," August 26th, 2008
  2. NewsOK.com, It's toast: State ballot blander than in past, Jul 28, 2008
  3. OETA - The Oklahoma Network, July 24, 2008
  4. OK News: "Education petition seeks more state funding," July 17, 2008
  5. Tulsa World: "Backers say they don't have enough valid signatures to get the proposal on a ballot," April 5, 2008
  6. KTEN-TV: "Supreme Court suit hits petition," March 7, 2008