GOP legislative leaders open to altering Oklahoma’s initiative petition process

Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday said Oklahoma’s constitution is too long and agreed they’re open to changing the state’s initiative petition process to make it harder for citizens to amend the governing document.

Altering the initiative petition process could be a priority during the 2021 legislative session that begins Feb. 1, 2021, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall said at a virtual forum hosted by the State Chamber of Oklahoma.

This comes after Oklahoma voters this year narrowly passed State Question 802 to expand Medicaid. Many Republican legislators opposed the measure that is now enshrined in Oklahoma’s constitution — where lawmakers cannot alter or undo the measure without a statewide vote on the matter.

Democratic legislative leaders expressed reservations about changing the petition process.

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