Oklahoma Senate Overwhelmingly Calls for Right to Farm Vote

April 21, 2015 05:11 PM
 
Oklahoma Senate Overwhelmingly Calls for Right to Farm Vote

The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation calling for a statewide vote on whether the right to farm and ranch in Oklahoma shall be "forever guaranteed."

The Senate voted 39-6 for the measure Tuesday and sent it back to the House to consider changes adopted by a Senate committee.

The measure by Republican Rep. Scott Biggs of Chickasha is similar to regulations already in place in North Dakota and Missouri. It was motivated in part by a law that went into effect earlier this year in California that requires eggs sold in that state to come only from chickens housed in cages that meet certain size requirements.

Opponents say they're concerned about unintended consequences passage could have on various agricultural operations.

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