OKLAHOMA CITY – It is official – voters across the state will have their say on a series of state issues regarding everything from criminal justice reform to where beer is sold.
On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin signed an election proclamation that places five additional state questions on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
State Question 779– Voters will choose whether to implement a one percent sales tax to fund teacher pay raises and other educational causes.
State Question 780 – This question would reclassify some criminal offenses, like drug possession and property crimes, to misdemeanors instead of felonies.
State Question 781 – This question relates to State Question 780. If State Question 780 is implemented, this question would allow counties to use money the was saved from not sending those offenders to prison in order to fund community rehabilitation programs.
State Question 790 – Voters will decide whether or not to remove a part of the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits the use of state resources for religious purposes.
State Question 792 – The question would allow wine and full-strength beer to be sold in grocery stores and convenience stores.
Two other state questions are already on the state ballot.
State Question 776 – This question 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– This question would prevent lawmakers from passing legislation to regulate broad farming and ranching practices unless there is a compelling state interest.