on the ballot
Voters will consider these six amendments to the Oklahoma Constitution in the Nov. 6 General Election.
1. State Question 758 would lower the cap on property value increases for owner occupied homes and agricultural land. The current cap is at 5 percent and would be reduced to 3 percent. It would reduce the amount property taxes — ad valorem taxes — could increase in a single year.
• A Yes vote — lowers the cap on taxable property values to 3 percent.
• A No vote — keeps the cap on taxable property values at 5 percent.
2. State Question 759 would not allow affirmative action programs in state hiring, contracting and education programs. Affirmative action is state policies in place aimed at increasing diversity in state hiring, contracting and education giving weight or preference to underrepresented groups such as women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals.
• A Yes vote — ends affirmative action programs.
• A No vote — maintains affirmative action programs.
3. State Question 762 would remove the governor from the parole process for some nonviolent offenders. The Pardon and Parole Board would then be solely responsible for granting parole to nonviolent offenders, but the governor would still have final say in parole of other criminals.
• A Yes vote — removes the governor from the parole process of nonviolent offenders.
• A No vote — maintains the governor's power to approve or deny paroles for nonviolent offenders.
4. State Question 764 would allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue up to $300 million in bonds to pay for certain water resource and sewage treatment programs. The Legislature would be responsible for funding debt service on the loans from the state budget.
• A Yes vote — enables the Water Resources Board to issue bonds.
• A No vote — would keep the Water Resources Board from issuing bonds.
5. State Question 765 would eliminate from the constitution the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Human Services Commission, and the director allowing standing and future legislation to govern the agency. A bill passed last session would give the Governor responsibility for appointing an executive director and replaces the existing commission with advisory boards.
• A Yes vote — abolishes the DHS commission and allows lawmakers to alter the agency.
• A No vote — would leave DHS intact as it currently operates.
6. State Question 766 would make all intangible property exempt from taxes. Currently only an enumerated list of intangible property is exempt from taxation such as stocks and bonds. This amendment would exempt other items such as patents, contracts, mineral interests, and trademarks.
• A Yes vote — exempts all intangible property from taxation.
• A No vote — maintains only certain intangible property as exempt from taxation.