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February 16, 2012

Oklahoma bill seeks vote to exempt office holders

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma voters will have the final say on whether state office holders can keep their jobs after being called up for military service.

Under a measure approved Wednesday in the Oklahoma House, a question would be placed on the November ballot that would ask voters whether public officials who serve in the National Guard or Reserves should be able to keep their jobs. The measure still must be approved by the Senate.

A recent attorney general’s opinion indicates that active duty military service violated a provision of the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits holding of a state and federal office at the same time.

The opinion was requested after District Attorney Rex Duncan was mobilized in the Oklahoma National Guard shortly after taking office.

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