OK Constitutional Amendment: Right to Farm passed House 84-6 Senate 44-3

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Right to Farm- HJR 1006- Passes Oklahoma Senate 44 to 3

Oklahoma Farm Report, Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:56:37 CDT

Right to Farm- HJR 1006- Passes Oklahoma Senate 44 to 3

After the passage of HJR 1006, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau issued the following statement on Monday afternoon:

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau thanks the Oklahoma Senate for passing HJR 1006, known as the right to farm resolution, with a vote of 44-3.”

“The resolution would allow Oklahoma voters in November to vote on a constitutional amendment protecting the rights of the state’s farmers and ranchers to produce food, fuel and fiber. The resolution will next go to conference committee.”

“We appreciate the work of Sen. Eddie Fields and his fellow senators for passing right to farm in the senate,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We urge the conference committee to pass the bill and allow Oklahoma voters the opportunity to stand up for agriculture in our state.”

“The resolution passed the Oklahoma house earlier this session by a vote of 84-6.”

Last week, eleven Oklahoma Ag and Wildlife Conservation groups signed a letter sent to the entire Oklahoma Senate urging a “Yes” vote for the bill, arguing that farmers and ranchers need this protection against out of state groups coming in and attempting to dictate specific production practices that may or may not be based on sound science. In the letter the groups said “Advances in technology have afforded many industries the opportunities to do a better job in producing their products. Agriculture is no exception. Oklahoma needs to secure the ability to continue to produce food, fiber and shelter within the modern agriculture community while emphasizing the importance of proper animal husbandry. As organizations with grassroots membership, we understand and take very seriously the stewardship of the animals entrusted to us. We value the responsibility to raise food and have committed to do so with integrity and efficiency.

“Many of our volunteer animal management programs, such as Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance, utilize modern agriculture practices and technologies to ensure better animal handling and health. Because our members have adopted enhanced practices, our ability to produce safe, high quality and affordable food has improved directly benefiting consumers. Indeed, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers feed the world and we are proud to do so.”

Language in HJR 1006 that passed the House was modified in the Senate, so those differences must be reconciled before the proposal can be sent to the Secretary of State to be placed on the November ballot.

To see the language that passed the Senate on Monday, click here.

SENATE FLOOR VERSION – HJR1006 SFLR

SENATE FLOOR VERSION
April 2, 2014

COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ENGROSSED HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 1006

By: Biggs, McPeak, Hulbert, Johnson, Sanders, Smalley, Echols, Jackson, McNiel, Armes, McBride, Newell, McDaniel (Curtis), Lockhart, Cockroft, Denney, DeWitt, O’Donnell, Osborn, McCall, Casey, Sherrer, Martin (Steve), Russ, Blackwell and Ortega of the House and Fields of the Senate

[ Joint Resolution – amendment to the Constitution – right to engage in certain farming and ranching practices – ballot title – filing ]

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 54TH OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE:

SECTION 1.

The Secretary of State shall refer to the people for their approval or rejection, as and in the manner provided by law, the following proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma by adding a new Section 38 to Article II thereof, to read as follows:

Section 38. To protect agriculture as a vital sector of Oklahoma’s economy, which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security and is the foundation and stabilizing force of Oklahoma’s economy, the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass, eminent domain, or any other property rights.

SECTION 2.

The Ballot Title for the proposed Constitutional amendment as set forth in SECTION 1 of this resolution shall be in the following form:

BALLOT TITLE

Legislative Referendum No. ____ State Question No. ____

THE GIST OF THE PROPOSITION IS AS FOLLOWS:

This measure adds a new section of law to the State Constitution. It adds Section 38 to Article 2. It protects the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices. It prohibits the Legislature from passing laws that would take away the right to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices. It provides for interpretation of the section.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?
FOR THE PROPOSAL — YES _____________
AGAINST THE PROPOSAL — NO _____________

SECTION 3.

The Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives shall, immediately after the passage of this resolution, prepare and file one copy thereof, including the Ballot Title set forth in SECTION 2 hereof, with the Secretary of State and one copy with the Attorney General.

COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON RULE




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