Oklahoma State Questions on Nov. 6 ballot

Oklahoman Published: October 7, 2012
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State questions

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.

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