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Questions? (OPINION)

Questions? (OPINION)

We've got lots of 'em

Tulsa World

By World's Editorial Writers

Published: 3/3/2010 2:26 AM
Last Modified: 3/3/2010 4:43 AM

House Speaker Chris Benge raises a good question about state questions.

The Tulsa Republican said last week that he thinks there ought to be a "serious discussion" about how many state questions should be sent to Oklahoma voters at a time.

Lawmakers previously decided to send eight state questions to the voters this year. Subjects ranged from requiring voter identification at the polls, to requiring Senate approval on gubernatorial choices for the workers compensation court.

Those are perhaps legitimate questions. But then there's this puzzlement: State Question 744, a successful initiative petition drive, will ask voters to tie per-pupil spending in Oklahoma to the regional average. Lawmakers didn't like the idea they might lose control of the state's purse strings, so they fired back with SQ 754, which would invalidate SQ 744 should it pass.

So we face this prospect: Voters might approve a measure mandating a certain level of per-pupil spending, and at the very same time invalidate their own decision... FULL ARTICLE


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