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November 7, 2012

State votes ‘yes’ to all

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NORMAN —

SQ 764

The measure creates the Water Infrastructure Credit Enhancement Reserve Fund and increases the Water Resource Board’s ability to provide financing for infrastructure projects. State Question 764 is a vital step toward helping Oklahoma municipalities, trusts and rural water districts fund the needed infrastructure.This measure effectively creates a funding mechanism authorizing $300 million in new financing for water infrastructure enhancements. These revenue bonds will be paid through money collected for the utilities the infrastructure provides.

 

SQ 765

This measure proposes radical reform of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Following the deaths of children while in DHS custody, controversy and lawsuits brought lawmakers together in a bipartisan effort to reform the old commission method of DHS governance and create a more modern structure.

Approval of State Question 765 abolishes the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Commission of Human Services and the position of director of the Oklahoma DHS. 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(s) to perform other duties. The measure had local and bipartisan support.

 

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