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Tuesday Letters to the Editor for May 1, 2018

May 2, 2018

Tulsa World,

Jim Chin,

April 30, 2018-

By a vote of 60.3 percent, Oklahoma voters defeated the deceptively named Right to Farm ballot issue in 2016, a measure that would have greatly restricted our state Legislature from passing laws for our protection. All states now face a much greater threat from an amendment contained in the 2018 Farm Bill, which will be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives as early as May 14. The amendment in the Farm Bill is based on House Resolution 4879, which was introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. King’s amendment could undo state and local laws dealing with animal protection, food safety, labor and the environment. Basically, it takes away the right for state legislatures to pass laws for the protection of their own citizens in broad matters of agriculture.

The amendment has opposition from at least 180 groups, including numerous farm groups, consumer groups, humane organizations, environmental organizations, legal scholars, faith-based groups and many others, including the National Conference of State Legislators. Our best hope to see the disastrous amendment defeated in a groundswell of opposition from individuals.