Watch-Out Video: Debating SQ 777, the Farming Question

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STILLWATER – Going head to head in an Oklahoma Watch-Out forum about State Question 777 on Tuesday were Drew Edmondson, former state attorney general and chair of the Oklahoma Stewardship Council, and Roy Lee Lindsey, Oklahoma Pork Council executive director.

The proposal would amend the state constitution to give the agricultural industry extra legal protection. Proponents have called the measure a “right to farm” amendment that would protect Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers from overly restrictive laws pushed by animal-rights and other advocacy groups. Opponents have called it a “right to harm” measure that would insulate corporate agricultural interests from regulation and legal challenges regarding practices harmful to people or animals.