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It Abolishes the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Commission of Human Services and the Position of Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Oklahoma Ballot Measure - State Question No. 765

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Health and Health Care
Constitution
Government Operations

Yes
751,909
(59.92%)

No
502,949
(40.08%)

Measure Text

The measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It abolishes the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Commission of Human Services and the position of Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. These entities were created under different names by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of Article 25 of the Oklahoma Constitution and given duties and responsibilities related to the care of the aged and needy. The measure repeals these sections of the Constitution and consequently, removes the power of the Commission of Human Services to establish policy and adopt rules and regulations. Under the measure, the Legislature and the people by initiative petition retain the power to adopt legislation for these purposes.

The measure adds a provision to the Constitution authorizing the Legislature to create a department or departments to administer and carry out laws to provide for the care of the aged and the needy. The measure also authorizes the Legislature to enact laws requiring the newly-created department or departments to perform other duties.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?

FOR THE PROPOSAL — YES
AGAINST THE PROPOSAL — NO

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