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OKLAHOMA STATE ELECTION BOARD

STATE QUESTIONS


General Election
November 3, 1998

STATE QUESTION 678                     LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM 308
The proposal amends the Oklahoma Constitution.  It amends Section
9C of Article 10.  That Section deals with ambulance service
districts.  These districts are also called emergency medical
service districts.  These districts are created by vote of the
people.  Such districts can include more than one county and/or
parts of counties.  These districts are funded by real property
tax millages.

The proposed amendment allows counties or parts of counties to
withdraw from an existing district.  Withdrawal from a district
must be approved by the voters in the county.  Withdrawing
entities would remain responsible for their portion of the
district's existing debt.  Responsibility for such debt is
apportioned.  Such apportionment is based on assessed real
property values.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?            For the proposal -- YES 
                                       Against the proposal -- NO 





STATE QUESTION 679                     LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM 309
This measure seeks to change Section 34 of Article 6 and Section
10 of Article 23 of the State Constitution.  Corporation
Commissioners and members of the Oklahoma Tax Commission serve
terms which start in different years.  As the law is now they may
only receive an increase in pay if it becomes law before they
take office.  These persons may receive different pay but perform
the same job.  This measure will allow their pay to be raised at
any time so long as their pay was equal.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?            For the proposal -- YES
                                       Against the proposal -- NO





STATE QUESTION 680                     LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM 310
This measure would amend the State Constitution.  It would amend
Section 14 of Article 10.  Under current law, public property can
only be used for public purposes.  This measure makes an
exception for use of public property for certain projects.  These
projects would involve research and development of a technology. 
The technology could be a product, process or idea.  A college or
university would be able to let a business use its property to
develop these kinds of projects.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?            For the proposal -- YES
                                       Against the proposal -- NO





STATE QUESTION 681                     LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM 311
This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution.  It would
amend Section 15 of Article 10.  This measure would allow a state
college or university to own technology.  Technology could be a
product, process or an idea. Higher education employees could
also own technology.  This measure would allow colleges or
universities to own an interest in a private business. It would
also let higher education employees own an interest in a private
business.  The private business would have to make a product or
invent a process or other idea.  The product or process or idea
would come from help the business received.  The help could be
from being able to do the research at a college or university. 
Laws could be passed to control how a college or university owned
a business interest.  Laws could be passed to control how the
employees could own a business interest. 

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?            For the proposal -- YES
                                       Against the proposal -- NO 





STATE QUESTION 682                     LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM 312
This measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution.  It would add a
new section to the Constitution.  It would add a section to
Article 10.  Article 10 deals with public indebtedness.  The
amendment would allow the state to enter into contracts.  The
contracts would be with counties and cities. The contracts would
be for housing state inmates.  The term of such a contract could
be for as long as fifteen years.  The amendment also provides
that a county or city wanting to do this could build a jail or
add to an existing jail.  The county or city could pay for the
jail by any method allowed by the Constitution or state law.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?            For the proposal -- YES
                                       Against the proposal -- NO 





STATE QUESTION 683                     LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM 313
This measure would amend Article 10 of the State Constitution. 
The measure adds a new section, Section 6D, to that Article.  It
exempts certain personal property from ad valorem tax.  It
exempts all "personal property used as pollution control
property."  The measure does not define the term "personal
property used as pollution control property."  The Legislature
would define that term.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?            For the proposal -- YES
                                       Against the proposal -- NO

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