National Experts, Oklahoma Initiative Leaders Discuss Ways to Reform State’s Initiative Process
With No Initiatives on ’08 Ballot and Legal Battles, Reform Needed
OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Oklahomans for Initiative Rights (http://ok4ir.org/) is hosting a half-day conference this Saturday, November 15, from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in downtown to discuss problems with Oklahoma’s initiative process and solutions to those problems.
“Oklahoma’s initiative process is in serious need of reform,” said Norma Sapp, executive director of Oklahomans for Initiative Rights. “We have the toughest requirements in the country and have not had any initiative qualify for the ballot in recent years.”
The conference, entitled “Reforming the Reform Process,” will feature a number of national experts on initiative and referendum as well as Oklahoma leaders.
Speakers at the event will include: Mike Gravel, an author, 2008 [Democratic and Libertarian] presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator (D-Alaska); Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner; Bob Sullivan, Republican candidate for governor and the proponent of the 65% Solution initiative; Paul Grant, of the landmark Supreme Court case, Meyer v. Grant; Frederick J. Boehmke, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa; State Senator Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso); Patrick McGuigan, managing editor of The City Sentinel; Andrew Spiropolous, Oklahoma City University Law Professor; Brandon Dutcher, Vice President for Policy at the Oklahoma Council for Policy Analysis; and others.
“This conference will address the obvious problems and, more importantly, help suggest some much needed solutions,” added Sapp.
The event will be held at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel, located at 10 North Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City beginning at 8:30 and ending at 1:00 pm.
SOURCE Oklahomans for Initiative Rights