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Summary of the State Questions
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Summary of the State Questions

Here is a breakdown of the State Questions that are on the general election ballot:

STATE QUESTION NO. 758 LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 358
This measure amends the State Constitution focusing on real property taxes and the fair cash value of property. The measure would change the limits on increases in fair cash value to 3% from 5%. The cap would apply to homestead exempted property and agricultural land.

STATE QUESTION NO. 759 LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 359

This measure focuses on affirmative action programs in employment, education and contracting. Affirmative action gives preferred treatment based on race, color or gender and discrimination based on those aspects is prohibited. Under the measure, affirmative action would be permitted when gender is a qualification, existing court orders and consent decrees require preferred treatment and when affirmative action is needed to keep or obtain federal funds. It would apply to counties, cities, towns and school districts.
 

STATE QUESTION NO. 762 LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 360

The measure decreases the power and authority of the governor by removing her from the parole process for persons convicted of nonviolent crimes. It gives the Pardon and Parole Board the power to grant parole to persons convicted of those types of offenses. Inmates would also be required to serve a minimum mandatory period of confinement prior to being eligible for parole.

STATE QUESTION NO. 764 LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 361

The measure would allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue general obligation bonds not more than $300 million. Any bonds issued would be used to fund certain water resources and sewage treatment funding programs. The bonds could only be issued after other monies and sources are used for repayment. The legislature would provide the money for the bonds, provide the methods for using the bonds and provide for how the fund is administered.

STATE QUESTION NO. 765 LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 362

The measure would abolish the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Commission of Human Services and the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The measure would remove the power of the Commission of Human Services to establish policy and adopt rules and regulations. The legislature would retain the power to adopt legislation for these purposes and create a department to administer and carry out laws for the care of the aged and the needy.
 

STATE QUESTION NO. 766 LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NO. 363

The measure would exempt all intangible personal property from ad valorem property taxation. Intangible personal property is property whose value is not derived from its physical attributes.

Such items include:

  •  patents, inventions, formulas, designs, and trade secrets;
  •  licenses, franchise, and contracts;
  •  land leases, mineral interests, and insurance policies;
  •  custom computer software; and
  •  trademarks, trade names and brand names.

If adopted, the measure would apply to property taxation starting with the tax year that begins on January.

To completely read the State Questions, visit the Election Board's website.

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