Norman City Council votes to oppose ‘Right to Farm’ measure

NORMAN, Okla. – The Norman City Council is the latest entity to pass a resolution opposing a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to farm and ranch in the state.

The Norman Transcript reports that the council voted 8-1 on Tuesday to inform voters “of the potential adverse effects” of State Question 777, also known as the “Right to Farm” ballot initiative.

The Oklahoma Municipal League, the Cherokee Nation and several cities have also voiced opposition to the measure.

Supporters say the measure, which was referred by the Legislature, was prompted in part by a California proposal that placed restrictions on the size of cages housing egg-laying hens.

Supporters also say the measure would prevent animal rights groups from changing agriculture practices in Oklahoma.

Opponents allege the measure could allow large farming corporations to set state agricultural policy instead of voters and their elected representatives.