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Oklahoma Optometry Petition May Appear on Ballot: A state question that would allow eye doctors to practice inside Oklahoma retail establishments has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot if approved. The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma’s secretary of state has certified nearly 250,000 signatures gathered to put the state question up for a vote. The petition needed just 123,725 valid signatures of registered voters [AP News]. Oklahoma 2018 State Questions and Elections [OKPolicy].
Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Proposal Borrows from Other States’ Existing Policies, but Opponents Cite That as Cause for Concern: Proponents of legalized medical marijuana in Oklahoma had 30 other states’ policies to look to in drafting a ballot measure, but opponents of State Question 788 say those trailblazing states set a bad example. “All of 788 is borrowed from policies in other states,” said Frank Grove, chairman of the Vote Yes on 788 political action committee and co-author of the state question that will go before Oklahoma voters in the June 26 primary [Tulsa World]. Fact sheet: State Question 788 – medical marijuana legalization initiative [OKPolicy].
Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates Split by Party on Expanding Medicaid: After months of considering the possible fiscal and political impacts, Gov. Mary Fallin decided in late 2012 not to expand Medicaid, the state-federal health care program for the poor. If Fallin is replaced by a Republican, that posture will remain. If a Democrat wins the gubernatorial race, there will be an immediate push to add more than 200,000 Oklahomans to the Medicaid rolls [NewsOK]. Gubernatorial candidates lay out their platforms at Oklahoma Press Association meeting [Tulsa World]. Expanding Medicaid would give Oklahoma the freedom to take better care of our people, grow the economy, and save state funds [OKPolicy].
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