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GOP Lawmakers Push to Abolish Affirmative Action (Apr 05, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed plan to wipe out any affirmative action programs in Oklahoma appears headed for approval by the Legislature.

The proposal would prohibit special treatment based on race or sex in public employment, education or contracts. Supporters say it would underscore the importance of equality, even though no preferences are now given for jobs, contracts or college admission.

Some minority lawmakers charge that the proposal is intended to play on racial fears and draw conservative voters to the polls in 2012, when it would appear on the state ballot. The Senate has approved the measure. It is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in a House committee.

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