On March 3, the Oklahoma Senate passed SJR 37, which would make it more difficult for initiatives to get on the ballot. The bill adds a U.S. House district distribution requirement. Current law requires an initiative that changes an ordinary law to get the signatures of 8% of the last gubernatorial vote. The bill would provide that the petition would need 8% in each of the five districts. This is a proposed Constitutional change, and if it passes the House as well, would go on the ballot in November 2012. The vote in the Senate was 28-15. Thanks to Richard Prawdzienski for this news.
In the meantime, the bill to permit one year to gather initiative signatures, HB 1718, has not made any headway. Current law requires that all the signatures on an initiative be gathered in 90 days. Last year the legislature passed a bill expanding the petitioning period to one year, but the Governor vetoed it.