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Troubling by definition: Legal expert says “Right to Farm” puts burden on the state

October 10, 2016

News Press

By Michelle Charles

October 8, 2016

Critics of State Question 777, commonly called the “Right to Farm” bill, express concern about how difficult it would be to address unforeseen consequences if it becomes part of Oklahoma’s constitution.

They have also raised the alarm about how difficult it would be for the state to meet the standard of “compelling state interest” to regulate an agricultural operation or practice under “Right to Farm.”

But University of Tulsa law professor Gary Allison says most people are still overlooking the most troubling part. Allison, a professor of constitutional, environmental and water law, is concerned about what the state would have to do and possibly pay for, under the standard contained in SQ 777.

The original author of “Right to Farm” is a conservative membership organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council. It describe itself as “America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.”

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