OK House, Senate pass religious monument bills

Posted at 4:10 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 17:10:15-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Proposed constitutional amendments that ask voters to return a Ten Commandments monument to the Oklahoma Capitol grounds have been approved by separate House and Senate committees.

The Republican-backed measures were approved Wednesday by rules committees of the Oklahoma House and Senate and sent to the full chambers for a vote.

House Joint Resolution 1062

Senate Joint Resolution 72

The resolutions call for a statewide referendum on whether to abolish an article of the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits the use of state funds to support a religion. The state Supreme Court relied on that constitutional requirement in June when it ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the Capitol grounds.

The 6-foot-tall granite monument was authorized by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2009 and was erected in 2012.


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