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SQ 777 creates controversy and concern

August 22, 2016

Muskogee Phoenix

August 20, 2016

by D.E. Smoot

Polling data released this month show the so-called Right to Farm Amendment may be the most closely contested state question approved for the general election ballot in November. A Sooner Poll survey found about 53 percent of the respondents supported State Question 777. But 25 percent told pollsters they either were undecided or lacked the information they needed to make a decision.

Brian Jones, the director of education for the Oklahoma City-based Kirkpatrick Foundation, has been traveling the state for weeks trying to inform voters about a legislative referendum he said “would fundamentally change the way Oklahoma governs agriculture.” Regardless of one’s position, Jones said “everybody needs to have an appreciation for exactly how big of a deal that really is.”

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