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November 4, 2012

Voters to decide state questions



Since most states do not tax this type of property, passing State Question 766 will keep Oklahoma jobs and businesses on an even playing field with competitors in other states, according to
SQ 762 simply decreases the power of the Governor by removing the Governor from the parole process for persons convicted of certain offenses defined as nonviolent offenses.
Currently, Oklahoma is the only state in which the Governor is still involved in the parole process for all offenders. 
SQ 765 will abolish the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and certain positions within it. It will provide for direct administration to be created by the Oklahoma Legislature including but not limited to creation of departments or departments to carry out laws to provide for the aged or needy.
 SQ 764 allows the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue bonds. The measure is designed to help rural Oklahoma water districts and other public bodies with funding. The funding would be reserved for certain water resource and sewage treatment funding programs.
SQ 759 deals with three areas of government action. The areas are education, employment and contracting.
The measure would prohibit the use of affirmative action programs to give preferred treatment based on race, color or gender, ethnicity or national origin.
Proponents of this measure believe that affirmative action has become the equivalent to a quota system and peoples should only be hired based on their qualifications. 
The business aspect of this measure comes into play when dealing with “bid preferences” and drives up the costs of government, according to
Some restrictions to the law remain and affirmative action will still be permitted when gender is a bonafide qualification under existing court order or if needed to keep or obtain federal funds.

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