Five More State Questions Added To November Ballot In Oklahoma


Monday, August 22nd 2016, 5:16 pm
By: News On 6


Five more state questions will appear on the November 8 ballot in Oklahoma, thanks to paperwork signed by Governor Mary Fallin Monday.

Here's a list of the questions:

SQ 779 would increase the state sales tax by one percent to fund teacher pay raises and other education causes.

SQ 780 would reclassify some criminal offenses, such as drug possession and property crimes, as misdemeanors instead of felonies.

SQ 781 would take money saved from implementing SQ 780 and allow counties to fund community rehabilitation programs.

SQ 790 would remove a section of the Oklahoma Constitution prohibiting use of state resources for religious purposes.  

SQ 792 would allow wine and full-strength beer to be sold in grocery stores and convenience stores.

Two other state questions already are on the ballot. State Question 776 would declare that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment and would allow the Legislature to designate any method of execution if a current method is declared unconstitutional.

State Question 777 would prevent lawmakers from passing legislation to regulate agriculture unless there is a compelling state interest.

The deadline for the governor to sign election proclamations for state questions to be placed on the November 8 general election ballot is Friday.