LTE How did SQ 777 originate?

Letters to the Editor

If State Question 777 passes on Nov. 8, this “Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment” will cement future farm and ranching practices into the Oklahoma Constitution, right up there with free speech and religious liberty.

Once an amendment is added, it’s extremely difficult — if not impossible — to get rid of it.

Don’t be fooled by the warm and fuzzy title of “Right to Farm.” Oklahoma already has rules, regulations and laws that protect our farmers. SQ 777 grandfathers agricultural legislation prior to Dec. 31, 2014. The question remains as to what new technologies and practices will be wanted in the future.

There is no other industry in Oklahoma that has protection in the Oklahoma Constitution. If we give preferential treatment to agriculture, the oil industry will feel badly. Let’s protect public school teachers and health care workers right along with the farmers. They are all important!

If democracy allows us to elect citizens to go to the Capitol to represent us, then why would we vote for legislators to shirk their responsibility once they get there?

If SQ 777 passes, the Legislature will be powerless to implement any agricultural laws on behalf of the people who elected them because the Constitution overrides any such laws.

In my opinion, SQ 777 is about protecting large corporate farming operations and its passage could spell disaster for future generations.

The American Legislative Council, or ALEC, is a group that brings together corporations and state lawmakers so it can suggest model legislation.

The ALEC website includes a “Right to Farm Act.” Did SQ 777 originate with ALEC or a family farmer? Check it out and then you decide.

If you want to maintain your voice at the Oklahoma Capitol, please vote no against SQ 777 on Nov. 8.

Claire Newsom