Voters also approved two state questions involving property taxes Tuesday.
Those changes will become effective Jan. 1.
After that date, all intangible personal property will be exempt from ad valorem property taxation and county assessors will be prohibited from raising appraisals of agricultural land and owner-occupied homes with homestead exemptions by more than 3 percent a year.
Public schools and vocational-technical schools are expecting to collectively lose about $55 million a year in funding once the measures take effect next year, according to Jeff Mills, director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.
“They (schools) cut programs, they cut staff, they cut their expenses. That's all they can do,” Mills told The Associated Press.
Voters also approved a measure that will remove the governor from the parole process for persons convicted of certain nonviolent offenses.
Pardon and Parole Board parole recommendations currently pending before the governor will still require her approval for inmates to be released, said Terry Jenks, director of the agency.
Beginning with the December parole board meeting, however, nonviolent offenders approved for parole by the board will not require the governor's approval, he said.
Steele and state Sen. Josh Brecheen, authors of the Senate joint resolution that prompted the public vote on parole changes, said the Legislature next session should work to address issues concerning Pardon and Parole Board safeguards raised by Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.