I decided to post a list of State Questions that will appear on Oklahoma's ballot in November 2010.
This question would add an amendment to the State Constitution that requires that the Legislature fund the state's public schools to at the least the per-pupil average of neighboring states.
Personally, I agree that our public schools are in need of drastic help but I don't think requiring a constitutional amendment to set a certain per-pupil cost is the answer. Perhaps we should start lowering the salaries of the school board administrators and give some of that money to the educators. A little extra money for the teachers themselves would encourage people to choose teaching as a career. I am also not in favor of this because it is exclusively for public schools and leaves out charter schools, which I think are a great way to improve education in our state.
Also known as the Oklahoma Voter Identification Measure, would require a voter to produce proof of identity when they are voting.
I fully support this measure and quite honestly I don't understand why this has not already been enacted.
This measure would add an amendment to the State Constitution that would require term limits for the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor, attorney general, state treasurer, labor commissioner, state schools superintendent, and insurance commissioner. This amendment would set 8-year lifetime term limits for these offices. Currently, the governor, for instance, cannot serve more than 8 consecutive years but can seek re-election after a 4-year gap.
Not shy about this one. I'm all for it!!
Known as the Oklahoma Reapportionment Commission Measure, this measure proposes a constitutional amendment to reform this particular commission.
Currently, the commission is comprised of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Attorney General, and the State Treasurer. The measure would set it up where the commission is comprised of 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans, appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro Tem of the Senate.
This commission is basically responsible for drawing new legislative district lines.
I'm not really sure how I feel about this commission quite honestly. I would kind of rather see the commission go away. I don't think we need any sort of re-districting.
I guess when it comes time to vote on this I would probably approve it but I don't honestly care either way.
Another proposed constitutional amendment. This one would lower the percentage of signatures required to propose a constitutional amendment from 15% to 10%.
I would probably vote against this measure. 15% is a decent percentage in my opinion to propose a change to the State Constitution.
This measure to approve an amendment to the State Constitution would simply make English the official language of the State of Oklahoma.
No secrets here. I'm all in favor of this!
Referred to as The Judicial Nominating Commission Act.
This would add 2 members to the Judicial Nomination Commission.
What this commission does is choose people to nominate for judge is there is a vacancy and sends those names to the Governor. Then the Governor picks someone to fill the vacancy out of those three. Currently, there are 13 members on the commission.
Honestly, I don't care about this commission and really don't understand why the governor himself (or herself) can't pick someone to fill the vacancy themselves? And aren't judges here in Oklahoma elected? If so, shouldn't the voters choose someone to fill that vacancy?
I think I would oppose this measure.
This is referred to as the No Mandated State Expenditures Act.
From what I have read about this, it states that the State Legislature can't be required to make expenditures for any function of government using a predetermined formula of any kind.
I read some more about it but still could not make any sense of it so with that in mind, I vote to oppose it because it makes no sense.
The title of this one disturbs me: The Oklahoma Sharia Law Amendment.
This proposed constitutional amendment requires our courts rely on federal and state laws when handing down decisions concerning cases and prohibits them from using Sharia law.
Well, I approve of this measure and find it disturbing that we need a constitutional amendment to require this.
Also referred to as the Oklahoma Health Care Freedom Amendment, this proposes an amendment to the State Constitution and would essentially opt out of any federally-mandated health care provisions (like Obamacare).
This is referred to as the Oklahoma Rainy Day Fund Amendment.
It is a request to increase the amount of money that would go into the state's reservation funds, or "rainy day" funds.
Currently, the amount is 10% and this would increase it to 15%.
Personally, I like the proposal but I do not think that now is the time for it to go into effect. I would say that I would vote in favor of it once we get out of this economic crisis and get our budget balanced here in the State. But, although I am going to vote against it, I would not be terribly upset if it were approved.