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Ballot questions limit up for debate

Ballot questions limit up for debate

Nine questions in the November election could create a need for two ballots, costing an extra $400,000.

Tulsa World

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

Last Modified: 2/28/2010 4:48 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Speaker Chris Benge said he is ready to discuss limiting the number of state questions that will appear on the November ballot.

Last session, lawmakers put eight questions on the ballot ranging from voter identification at the polls to Senate approval of a governor's selection of judges to serve on the workers compensation court — two issues Gov. Brad Henry vetoed.

Another measure, State Question 744, was a successful initiative petition effort to tie spending per pupil to the regional average at a cost of $850 million.

Upset that education groups were trying to control the purse strings, lawmakers put State Question 754 on the ballot. It would invalidate State Question 744 should it pass.

That brings the total to nine, with numerous other live rounds working through the legislative process this session, including one to give the Legislature more say in how state questions are worded on the ballot... FULL ARTICLE


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