Okla. Senate OKs plan for statewide signatures

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.

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