“It’s not simply a matter of sort of alleging there’s a compelling state interest, it’s a matter of going to court and proving that there’s a compelling state interest.”

– OCU Law Professor Art LeFrancois on potential complications posed by SQ777, a constitutional amendment that would give Oklahoma residents the right to engage in farming and ban any new law regulating or prohibiting an agricultural practice unless it can be shown to have a “compelling state interest.” (Source). OK Policy’s fact sheet on SQ777 is available here.


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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