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State Question Protests Inane, Says Tevington

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Question Protests Inane, Says Tevington

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Court against three state questions backed by Gov. Henry Bellmon contain inane arguments, Bellmon's chief of staff said Tuesday.

"They complain the amendments, if passed, would be in conflict with the (state) constitution," said Andrew Tevington, who is a member of the Constitution Revision Study Commission that proposed the three amendments.

"That's their purpose . . . so that's an inane argument."

The three proposed state questions would amend the Oklahoma Constitution.

State Question 630, if approved by voters, would give the next governor the power to oversee reorganization of the executive branch and would have governors and lieutenant governors run as a ticket.

State Question 627 would create a constitutional ethics commission.

State Question 628 would repeal existing business regulation in corporate Article 9 and make the law statutory.

Petitions were filed Monday with the court by Gary D. Allison, chairman of the Tulsa County Democratic Party and James C. Thomas, both law professors at the University of Tulsa. The original filings named Attorney General Robert Henry.

Amended petitions filed later named Amend Our Constitution Today Inc., the organization which circulated petitions on the proposed questions and obtained the required signatures for filing with the Secretary of State.

Also named in the amended petitions were organization officials Evalena Herrian, president; Drew Mason, secretary; and Nancy Davies, executive director.

A chief complaint in the petitions was that the suggested ballot titles were not written so that a person with eighth grade reading skills could understand them.

The petitions said the ballot titles failed to explain the effects of the state questions.

They also charged that the petitions were insufficient.

Henry said in a statement that he received on Dec. …

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