League Statement on 2016 State Questions
The League of Women Voters is proudly non-partisan and never supports or opposes candidates. But, what about the State Questions? After studying the issues, the League may support or oppose state questions —or remain neutral.
After hosting a State Question Summit in June, the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma consulted with its members and researched each of the questions as it was certified to be on the November ballot. The LWVOK Board of Directors voted to take a position on five of the seven state questions, and to remain neutral on two.
STATE QUESTIONS ON WHICH THE LEAGUE IS NEUTRAL
The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma neither supports nor opposes the following 2016 State Questions:
*State Question 779- Sales Tax for Education - Constitutional amendment that would raise state sales and use tax by one penny to fund teachers' salary increase of at least $5,000 and provide funding for other educational purposes.
*State Question 792- Alcohol and Liquor Reform - Constitutional amendment to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and high-point beer. It would also allow liquor stores to sell chilled beer and accessories such as corkscrews.
STATE QUESTIONS THE LEAGUE SUPPORTS
The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma supports the following 2016 State Questions:
*State Question 780- The Oklahoma Smart Justice Reform Act would reclassify certain low-level, non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
*State Question 781- The Rehabilitative Programs Fund Initiative will create a fund to take cost savings from the reduction in prisoners brought about by SQ780 and distribute those savings to counties for rehabilitative programs. If SQ780 doesn't pass, SQ781 will be moot
STATE QUESTIONS THE LEAGUE OPPOSES
The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma opposes the following 2016 State Questions:
*State Question 776- Oklahoma Death Penalty - Enshrines in the state Constitution that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment. It further delegates to the Legislature the power to determine the method of execution if a current method is declared unconstitutional.
*State Question 777- Changes the Oklahoma Constitution to shield the farming and ranching industry from future state oversight unless there is a "compelling state interest."
*State Question 790 - Religion and the State - Removes an article from the State Constitution that prohibits the use of public funds and public property for the direct or indirect benefit of any religion or religious institution.
For more information, you can read and download the League's complete Statement on State Questions 2016. To read the full Ballot Titles and explanations of both sides of each state question, see the Oklahoma Voter Guide.