ARDMORE, OK – Oklahoma State Question 744, which sought to raise Oklahoma’s teachers’ salaries to match the national average, failed when legislators didn’t specify where the money to fund it would come from.
District 48 State Representative Pat Ownbey is proposing House Bill 1225, which would require identifying a funding source. Those submitting the petition would have to include a statement outlining all sources of funding to be used in the measure.
Ownbey says voters need to know what programs they will have to sacrifice to make room for the additional spending.
"What this does, it says if you're going to put an initiative petition on the ballot, you have to identify the funding source. If there is no funding source, you cannot put the initiative petition on the ballot," Rep. Ownbey says.
Ownbey says State Questions like 744 are an attempt to trick voters, and that's why he proposed the new bill.
"Everyone supports education. At face value, that was all the state question was asking. In reality though, it was setting up the potential to bankrupt other state services. I think it was written in a way that was highly inappropriate. That is why I am pushing for this legislation."