This is a preliminary state questions post. The final results on what will be on the ballot have not been decided so I will be updating this throughout the election season.
Property Tax Amendment
Prevents annual increases in property taxes.
I approve of this amendment and will be voting yes on it.
Affirmative Action Ban Amendment
Bans affirmative action programs in Oklahoma. Would prohibit special treatment based on race or sex in public employment, education and contracts.
I also support passage of this amendment. I echo State Senator Rob Johnson's remarks on this amendment when he said that "...we should judge people purely on their qualifications......"
Parole Process Amendment
Removes the Oklahoma Governor from the state parole process.
I really don't have much of an opinion on this one at time point in time. Perhaps after I've done more research on the issue, I will have more to say about it.
Here are some other measures that are being proposed to be on the ballot in 2012:
Oklahoma Wine Purchase Amendment
This amendment would allow for the sale and purchase of wine in grocery stores.
I would support the passage of this amendment.
Oklahoma State Office Appointment Amendment
This amendment allows the Governor to appoint state officials such as state treasurer, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner and corporation commissioner, rather than these offices being separately elected offices.
I support passage of this amendment if it comes to that ballot as well. For one thing, it would lower the cost of elections in Oklahoma state because these offices would no long have to be voted on. These should be "cabinet-level" type positions rather than elected officials.
This amendment would define the term "person" as beginning with conception and would essentially criminalize abortion.
Well, this should come as no surprise to any of my readers but I am pro-life and fully support this amendment. I don't think it will pass, even here in the reddest of red states.
Oklahoma Violent Video Game Tax Question
This measure places an excise tax on violent video games.
I do not support this amendment.
Click here to read the Update to this post: Oklahoma State Questions Part 2!