Oklahoma House passes constitutional convention bill

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 12, 2014
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The Oklahoma House has adopted a resolution that asks voters to decide whether to call a constitutional convention to consider possible changes to Oklahoma’s Constitution.

The resolution by Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City was approved without debate Wednesday on a 72-4 vote. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

The measure says the state Constitution requires that voters decide at least every 20 years whether a constitutional convention should be convened. But the last resolution on a constitutional convention was submitted to a vote of the people in March 1970.

A referendum to eliminate the requirement that a constitutional convention proposal be submitted to the people every 20 years was defeated during a general election on Nov. 8, 1994.

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House Joint Resolution 1082: http://bit.ly/1m4uOgF