Oklahoma State Question 753 (2010)

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Oklahoma State Question 753, or the Senate Approval of Workers Compensation Board Members Act, was scheduled to appear on the November 2, 2010 state ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure was authored by Senator Clark Jolley among others. However, the measure was withdrawn from the ballot[1][2]

If approved, SQ 753 would have granted to the Oklahoma State Senate the right to review and approve any person chosen by the Governor of Oklahoma to fill a position on the Workers' Compensation Court. It would have amended Section 1 of Article VII of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title that voters would have seen read:

This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution. It would amend Section 1 of Article 7. This section deals with judges and justices. This includes judges on the Workers’ Compensation Court. This measure will require that the Senate approve any person chosen by the Governor to fill a position on the Workers’ Compensation Court.[3]
Shall the proposal be approved?
For the proposal - Yes
Against the proposal - No


The summary of the measure read:[4]

This measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It amends Section 1 of Article 7. This Section deals with judges and justices. This includes judges on the Workers' Compensation Court.
The Governor appoints all Workers' Compensation Court judges. Current law limits this appointment power. The Governor can only appoint a nominee submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission. That Commission submits three names to the Governor. It also submits the name of the incumbent judge, if that judge chooses to seek reappointment.
This measure further limits the Governor's power to appoint these judges. It requires the Senate to approve the appointment of Worker's Compensation Court judges. The measure does not address what occurs when the Senate does not confirm an appointment. It does not make clear whether the Commission submits another name to the Governor or whether the Governor is limited to appointing from the remaining nominee(s).

Constitutional changes

Oklahoma State Question 753, Constitutional text changes

If enacted by Oklahoma voters, the measure would have amended Article VII, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution.[4]

Path to the ballot

The Oklahoma State Legislature can approve a proposed amendment by a majority vote. (However, if the state legislature wants the proposed amendment to go on a special election ballot, it has to approve the amendment by a 2/3rds vote.) Oklahoma is one of ten states that allows a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.

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