Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson to speak on "The Harm Amendment"


Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson will talk about State Question 777, the "Right to Farm" bill which many are calling the "Right to Harm," amendment because it protects corporate farm operations from environmental impact and other laws.

The Democratic Tyner Cornbread and Beans lunch will be held at the West Wind Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1309 West Boyd in Norman, Friday, June 10. Cafeteria style service will start at 11:30 a.m. with the speaker at noon.

Drew Edmondson was elected Attorney General in 1994, and was re‐ elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning more than 60 percent of the vote in his last two elections.

Edmondson served as the 2002 ‐ 2003 President of the National Association of Attorneys General. In 1996, Edmondson filed suit against the tobacco industry resulting in a $2 billion settlement between the industry and Oklahoma, part of the largest settlement in the history of the world. Edmondson was one of eight attorneys general asked to serve on the negotiating team for the states.

Under his leadership the attorney general's office has helped reform the death penalty appeals process, established victims' services, and vigorously represented rate payers in telephone, gas and electric rate cases.

In 2005, Edmondson, on behalf of the State of Oklahoma, filed suit against more than a dozen poultry companies. The lawsuit, which was filed after years of negotiations, accuses the companies of creating runoff into the Illinois River Watershed as a result of their waste dumping practices.

Before his election as Attorney General, Edmondson was elected, unopposed, to three consecutive terms as Muskogee County District Attorney in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He served as president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and was selected as Outstanding District Attorney for the State of Oklahoma in 1985 and the Outstanding Death Penalty Prosecutor in the 9th and 10th Circuits.

Edmondson served one term in the Oklahoma Legislature before entering the University of Tulsa School of Law in 1976. His undergraduate teaching degree is from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, which he attended after graduating from Muskogee Central High School.