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You Decide: 2010 election coverage

October 3, 2010

Oklahoma ballot ranges from schools, official English

OKLAHOMA CITY — The 11 state questions to be considered by Oklahoma voters Nov. 2:

— State Question 744: The only question on the ballot that resulted from a signature drive, this proposal would require the state to spend annually on education no less than the regional average of surrounding states Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

— State Question 746: Would require voters to present identification at the polls. Those without identification would be able to sign a sworn statement and cast a provisional ballot.

— State Question 747: Would expand term limits to additional statewide offices: imposing eight-year limits on the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, labor commissioner, auditor, superintendent and insurance commissioner; and a 12-year limit for corporation commissioner.

— State Question 748: Would change the makeup of the three-member legislative Apportionment Commission by removing the attorney general, superintendent and treasurer, and making it a seven-member commission with appointees from the governor, House speaker and Senate president pro tempore.

— State Question 750: Would modify the signature requirement for initiative and referendum petitions by basing percentage requirements on gubernatorial elections instead of presidential elections, which would likely lower the number of signatures required.

— State Question 751: Would require that all official state actions be conducted in English, with exceptions for Native American languages and when federal law requires other languages to be used. Also prohibits lawsuits against the state or its subdivisions for failure to use languages other than English.

— State Question 752: Would add two at-large members to the Judicial Nominating Commission appointed by the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore. Neither appointee can be a lawyer or have a lawyer in their immediate family.

— State Question 754: Approved by the Legislature in response to SQ 744 being placed on the ballot, this proposal would prohibit constitutional spending requirements based on pre-determined formulas or how much other states or entities spend on a function.

— State Question 755: Would prohibit Oklahoma courts from considering or using international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.

— State Question 756: Approved by the Legislature in response to the passage of the new federal health care legislation, this proposal would prohibit making any person participate in a health care system.

— State Question 757: Would increase the amount of surplus revenue that goes into the state’s constitutional reserve fund from 10 percent to 15 percent of certified general revenue.

 

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