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Appeal Filed to Keep Oklahoma Farming Measure off the Ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for opponents of Oklahoma's so-called "Right to Farm" ballot initiative have filed an appeal to try to keep the measure off the statewide ballot in November.

Attorney Heather Hintz said an accelerated appeal was filed in hopes that the state Supreme Court will take up the case before an August deadline for the Oklahoma Election Board to print the November ballot.

Nonprofit organization Save The Illinois River Inc., state Rep. Jason Dunnington and two private citizens filed a lawsuit in March challenging State Question 777, the "Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment." They say the measure, which would prevent lawmakers from passing legislation to regulate agriculture, is unconstitutional.

Opponents say the measure could allow large farming corporations to set state agricultural policy instead of voters and their elected representatives.

The lawsuit was dismissed in May.