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Why Some Cities Are Lining Up to Fight Against Ballot Question on Right-to-Farm

August 18, 2016

NPR

August 16, 2016

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City leaders in Edmond adopted a resolution urging citizens to reject State Question 777. Their counterparts in Choctaw appear likely to do the same, and the Norman City Council has booked a presentation from an organization fighting against the question, which would amend the state constitution to include the “right-to-farm” and prevent lawmakers from passing legislation impeding farming, ranching and agriculture.

Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross told the Journal Record’s Brian Brus why he’s urging his residents to vote no on SQ 777 when they vote in November:

City leaders aren’t as interested in aspects of the ballot issue related to agriculture as they are in residents’ water resources and zoning, he said. The question has been framed by its proponents as protecting a right to farm; Ross sees it as a protection of local governance.

“Whether you’re rural or a city, you’re concerned about the impact of having no control over what’s happening within your city limits,” he said. “Under this state question, the city would lose all control over what happens to that property.”

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