We support the development of an excess water management plan for the benefit of all Oklahomans. We support a study to explore our water and feasibility of its movement and/or use.
We support the continued ownership of groundwater by landowners as private property.
We support funding for water and waste water infrastructure, including more reservoirs and water retention.
We support continuing to take the lead in combating unnecessary and unreasonable EPA regulations, such as the “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS rule.
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
We support reform of eminent domain laws to protect property owners,
including, but not limited to, government condemnation of groundwater.
We support landowners’ rights in oil, gas, seismic and wind exploration and pipeline, transmission and other rights-of-way easements.
We support annexation reform to protect agricultural property owners. We support current trespass law and increasing penalties for trespassing and hunting without permission.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
We strongly support State Question 777 to be voted on in November 2016. The provision will add a new section to the Constitution guaranteeing the right to engage in farming and ranching, including the right to make use of agricultural technology, livestock procedures and ranching practices.
We support funding for a statewide conservation cost share program that funds traditional conservation practices at the district level, especially for control of eastern red cedar.
We support the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry taking action through the administrative rules process to end the transportation of live feral hogs. We support the eradication of feral hogs as an invasive species. All landowners should be encouraged to eradicate feral hogs on their land by any means possible. We do not support commercial sport hunting of feral hogs.
We support legislative appropriations for OSU Cooperative Extension and Research Programs.
We support voluntary conservation measures by property owners to assist the Lesser Prairie Chicken. We oppose designating the Chicken as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
TAXES AND FINANCE
We support protecting existing agriculture sales tax exemptions on the raw inputs used to produce our nation’s food and fiber.
We oppose increases in ad valorem taxes.
We support the current 10 percent cap on school bond indebtedness, and the retention of the 60 percent constitutional requirement for passage of capital improvement bonds.
We support continued funding for the maintenance and construction of rural roads and bridges.