Associated Press - March 3, 2011 12:05 PM ET
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gathering signatures to place a question on the state ballot would become more difficult under a bill passed by the Oklahoma Senate.
The Senate voted 28-15 Thursday to send to voters a state question that would require a certain percentage of voter signatures in each of the state's five congressional districts in order to place a question on the ballot.
Current law requires signatures from 8% of the registered voters in the state to place a proposed legislative change on the ballot and 15% for a constitutional change. The bill by Republican Sen. Mike Shulz of Altus would require the percentages be met in each congressional district - instead of as part of a statewide total.
Shulz says the bill would bring more rural voters into the process.