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Measure Details

Modifying the Composition of the Judicial Nominating Commission

Oklahoma Ballot Measure - State Question No. 752

Election: Nov. 2, 2010 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Constitution
Government Operations
Judicial Branch

Yes
606,805
(62.83%)

No
358,925
(37.17%)

Measure Text

This measure amends a section of the Oklahoma Constitution. It amends Section 3 of Article 7-B. The measure deals with the Judicial Nomination Commission. This Commission selects nominees to be appointed judges or justices, when a vacancy occurs. The Commission selects three, sometimes four, qualified nominees. The Governor must appoint one of the nominees.

The amendment adds two at-large members to the Commission. At-large members can come from any Oklahoma congressional district. The Senate President Pro Tempore appoints one of the new at-large members. The Speaker of the House of Representatives appoints the other. At-large members can not be lawyers. Nor can they have a lawyer in their immediate family. Nor can more than two at-large members be from the same political party.

Six non-at-large members are appointed by the Governor. They cannot be Oklahoma lawyers. The measure adds a new qualification for non-lawyer members. They can not have a lawyer from any state in their immediate family. Each congressional district must have at least one non-lawyer member.

Six lawyer members are elected by members of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Each congressional district must have a least one lawyer member.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?

FOR THE PROPOSAL
Yes: __________
AGAINST THE PROPOSAL
No: __________

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