The current Oklahoma Constitution mandates:
"The Oklahoma Constitution permits three methods of amendment: 1) amendments by the Oklahoma Legislature (requires majority vote of both houses and approval by majority of the voters at next general election; the Legislature can by 2/3 vote place the amendment on a special election), 2) constitutional convention (a call for such requires majority voter approval before the convention is held, and any amendments or new constitution requires majority voter approval, but such a call must be made at least once every 20 years), or 3) via an initiative petition."
An initiave petition is, in and of itself, a rebuke of the legislature; unless they have previously given the matter an honest floor vote. Loveless and the other proponants are doing their duty, and respecting the voters of the state.
Ballotopia says; "According to the State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse, 'Since 1970, Oklahoma’s legislature has refused to follow its Constitution with regard to this provision. In 1994, it placed a referendum on the ballot to eliminate this requirement, but the people of Oklahoma defeated it. Since 1990, many bills have been introduced to implement this part the Constitution but none has passed.'.".
The current 1907 consitution was compiled by a convention which 'Alfalfa' Bill Murray chaired. Twenty four years later he served one tumultuous term as our governor. Any constitution which has to be amended 155 times in 120 years, is a deeply flawed document. 'Alfalfa Bill' was an effective populist who distrusted centralized power. Yet when he became the governor, he declared martial law 30 times. He declared war on Texas and led a state militia to the border and took over a bridge which the Texas Rangers had blockaded. Fortunately, the Texans backed down and no one was killed. But Oklahoman troops did land on Texas soil.
Murray also distrusted Roman Catholics, and pushed through the controversial "Blaine Amendment" language which narrowly failed to get passed into our US Constitution. Speaker Blaine, of the US congress also feared the massive immigration of Irish, Italians, Polish, and other predominantly Catholic nations.
The Loveless proposal has growing support in the Senate and the House. Senator Nathan Dahm also repeated his call, as did Joe Newhouse & David Holt. Several Representatives, including Floor Leader Jon Echols & Scott McEachin; are co-authoring the measures. But Loveless is the only author who has put together a framework. in the last session, Loveless proposed the 1972 language. Some conservative publications objected to having a convention comprised largely of the current legislature, administration, and supreme court justices. So Loveless now proposes 50 delegate seats which state officeholders are barred from. Open elections would be held. This allows former elected officials to add their historical perspective. Governors Frank Keating and George Nigh might seek such service in this capacity. Retired Justice Steven Taylor, JC Watts, or Wes Watkins might just be perfect delegates.
Here is the original language of the Loveless Resolution:
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...