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Final Ballot Language in Place for State Question 777

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:28:30 CDT

Final Ballot Language in Place for State Question 777 Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays has been asked to moderate a panel this afternoon at the 63rd Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association on State Question 777- Hays says it will be a very informative hour- looking at how we have gotten to where we are with this "Right to Farm" ballot initiative- and how agricultural interests need to come together to get a "Yes" vote next November.

Ahead of the conversation this afternoon- the Oklahoma Farm Report has obtained from Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office the final ballot language that will be seen next fall by voters- here's what voters will be reading and saying yes or no to next fall:

"Ballot Title for State Question No. 777

"This measure adds Section 38 to Article II of the Oklahoma Constitution.

"The new Section creates state constitutional rights. It creates the following guaranteed rights to engage in farming and ranching:

"The right to make use of agricultural technology.

"The right to make use of livestock procedures.

" The right to make use of ranching practices.

"These constitutional rights receive extra protection under this measure that not all constitutional rights receive. This extra protection is a limit on lawmakers' ability to interfere with the exercise of these rights. Under this extra protection, no law can interfere with these rights, unless the law is justified by a compelling state interest- a clearly identified state interest of the highest order. Additionally, the law must be necessary to serve that compelling state interest.

"The measure- and the protections identified above- do not apply to and do not impact state laws related to:


"Eminent Domain,

"Dominance of mineral interests.


"Right of way or other property rights, and

"Any state statues and political subdivision ordinances enacted before December 31, 2014.

"Shall the proposal be approved?

"For the proposal- YES

"Against the Proposal- No."

This is the language developed by Attorney General Scott Pruitt that has been certified to be placed on the ballot in November 2016.

The supporters of State Question 777 have now turned on a website to promote a "Yes" vote- click here to jump there.



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