Article IX, dealing with the powers, limits, and regulation of corporations, is approximately as long as the entire U.S. Constitution. The prodigious length of the Article reflects the importance of corporations in the economic life of Oklahoma, and the determination of the framers to bring them under regulatory control, to the point of micromanagement. Concern about discriminatory rates charged by railroads and pipelines was foremost, but the authority conferred by Article IX is broad enough to allow the legislature to regulate a variety of other enterprises, as...
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