Marsy’s Law is well-intentioned, but be wary of unintended consequences

Annaly Sullivan is an OK Policy intern. She is a recent graduate of the University ​of ​East ​Anglia with a masters in Impact Evaluation. Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas was stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Released on bail before the… Read more [More...]

How does SQ 788 compare to other states’ medical marijuana laws?

Next year, Oklahomans will vote on State Question 788, a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana. As of 2017, 29 states have approved measures legalizing the drug for medical purposes. We often think of legalization in binary terms — either… Read more [More...]

State Questions give Oklahomans a chance to govern ourselves (Capitol Updates)

Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. For a state with a well-deserved reputation for loathing government, we Oklahomans sure spend a… Read more [More...]

Fact Check: The claim that less than half of SQ 779 revenues will go to teachers is false

A central claim being made by opponents of State Question 779, the ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by one percentage point to boost funding for education, is that less than half the money will go to raise… Read more [More...]

The dangerous hidden agenda behind State Question 776 (Guest Post: Sen. Connie Johnson)

Connie Johnson serves as Chair of the Say NO to SQ776 Campaign Committee. She was a State Senator representing District 48 in northeastern Oklahoma County from 2002-2014. I’ve worked throughout Oklahoma these past few months to defeat State Question 776… Read more [More...]

Claims that SQ 777 will boost food security are hard to swallow

Note: This is an expanded and revised version of a column that appeared in the Journal Record. Vote Yes on State Question 777 or else more Oklahoma children and seniors will go hungry? That’s the highly misleading message that supporters… Read more [More...]

Why we’re supporting SQ 780 and SQ 781

Oklahoma Policy Institute formally endorsed State Questions 780 and 781 in January, joining a wide and politically diverse coalition focused on reducing incarceration rates and addressing the root causes of crime. SQ 780 would reclassify simple drug possession and minor… Read more [More...]

Inconvenient alcohol laws are no substitute for funding addiction treatment (Capitol Updates)

Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. You can find past Capitol Updates archived  on his website. State Agencies are working on… Read more [More...]

Just Say Yes: Oklahoma voters have a history of affirming most state questions

Oklahoma voters will decide seven state questions in November on subjects ranging from agriculture to the death penalty to the use of public funds for religious purposes. Of the seven questions, three were placed on the ballot through the initiative… Read more [More...]

2016 Oklahoma State Question Guide

Seven state questions will be on the Oklahoma ballot on November 8. We've created a series of fact sheets with a summary of each state question, background information, and what supporters and opponents are saying... Read more [More...]