OCA Cattlemen's College Panel Talks Right to Farm as Yes Vote Campaign Starts to Take ShapeSun, 26 Jul 2015 07:30:40 CDT
Proponents of State Question 777 are starting the process of organizing a "Yes" vote campaign for the constitutional amendment that has been called the "Right to Farm." At the 63rd Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, a panel was featured that examined the state question and what the ag industry within Oklahoma faces in getting a "YES' vote in November 2016.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays moderated the session- and interacted with the three panel members. State Representative Scott Biggs was one of the principle authors of HJR1017- the vehicle that carried the proposal through the State Legislature in 2015- and Hays began with State Rep Biggs to offer a description of the legislative journey. Hays brought in the next panel member, Roy Lee Lindsey, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, who explained the role of the ag groups that meet regularly on Mondays at the State Department of Agriculture on issues that are of importance to the farming and ranching community. Lindsey explained how the groups resolved concerns they had with one another and with the language of the proposal even as lawmakers worked to refine the measure.
Once passed in the spring of 2015- Lindsey told the cattle producers present that there was no room for error in coming together and getting a yes vote in 2016. At that point, the third member of the panel joined the discussion as former Oklahoma Senate President Glenn Coffee has agreed to work with the ag groups wanting a yes vote to help organize the effort, build the coalition and put into motion the plan to achieve a yes vote.
Senator Coffee told the audience that he understands that it appears we are starting early- but that getting people to volunteer now to participate in the grassroots effort and to start to raise money are two keys that must go forward now in order to have the greatest chance for success.
The audience joined into the discussion with questions and comments. You can hear the entire panel presentation and discussion by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
There is now an active website for the Vote Yes on State Question 777 effort. Click here to check out that website.
In an earlier story on State Question 777, we reported on the final ballot language that has been developed by Oklahoma State Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Click here to review that language.
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