RIGHT TO FARM PASSES IN OKLAHOMA SENATE; ONE HURDLE AWAY FROM BALLOT
Yesterday afternoon, the Oklahoma Senate threw its overwhelming support behind HJR 1012, the Right to Farm resolution. It passed by a vote of 39 to 6.It now heads back to the House of Representatives for one final vote, where if passed, would allow Oklahoma's citizens to make the final decision on the matter in 2016.Oklahoma Farm Bureau PresidentTom Buchananon the great news:
“We thank the Oklahoma senate for passing the Right to Farm resolution today. This gives more protection to Oklahoma agriculture so we can continue to be a major contributor to the Oklahoma economy. We are very proud of State Sen. Jason Smalley for his leadership on this resolution. Sen. Smalley, along with State Rep. Scott Biggs, has been successful in shepherding this legislation through the legislative process. We’re excited about the results, and we encourage legislators to continue to support this resolution as it now goes back to the House for a final vote to put a stamp of approval on this measure. It was a spirited debate and all voices were heard as we saw broad support for this measure all across the state.”
The proposed constitutional amendment would forever guarantee the right to engage in certain farming and ranching practices, ones that would still be subject to proper regulation.We’re excited to see states like Missouri (who passed a similar amendment last year) and Oklahoma show strong support for Right to Farm amendments. They not only serve as a legal safeguard for farmers and ranchers, but provide protection for consumers, too. Maintaining and preserving consumer access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food remains a top priority as America’s farmers and ranchers work together to feed a growing world population.We will continue to follow the progress of the resolution as it makes its way back through the House. Hopefully, we will soon be able to announce that Oklahoma will be the next state to have the opportunity to offer protection to a vital agriculture industry.