Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2009
Sen. Kenneth Corn
Corn: HJR1014 Would Disenfranchise Oklahomans
Corn on Wednesday said a measure passed by the state Senate
would limit the ability of Oklahoma citizens to determine how
their tax dollars are to be used in the Legislature. Future generations
of Oklahomans, Corn added, could be helpless in determining the
Legislature’s spending priorities under the legislation.
House Joint Resolution 1014 would send to a vote
of the people a proposed Constitutional amendment that would remove
certain constitutional requirements related to state spending.
Corn said the proposal would lock the door to the appropriations
process, keeping Oklahoma taxpayers on the outside looking in.
“This proposal signals that certain members
of the Legislature are no longer aware of their role as elected
representatives,” said Corn, D-Poteau. “It would prevent
the citizens of Oklahoma from determining how their tax dollars
are used in the Legislature, and limit their ability to determine
legislative priorities. This places a boundary between the citizens
and their elected representatives on the issue of spending.”
Corn said that while proponents of the measure
say it would slow the growth of government, its wording would
also limit the ability of future generations to identify specific
areas for limiting expenditures.
“Should this become law, it’s a vote
we’ll regret for years to come,” Corn said. “This
is a fundamentally undemocratic proposal that asks the people
of the state to cast a vote in favor of giving the Legislature
the authority and influence that rightly belongs to the citizens.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Corn's Office - 405-521-5576