OK-SAFE, Inc. – Things are already percolating for Oklahoma’s upcoming 2014 legislative session. And it looks like the ol’ Constitution is being targeted for reform…again.
Just a heads up on a couple of items being proposed for the upcoming 2014 legislative session.
I. Popular Vote
It is reported that Rep. Don Armes and Sen. Rob Johnson are considering legislation that would modify the electoral college system and adopt a national popular vote for electing the President.
This information is from a legislator approached by the lobbyist promoting the idea.
Here’s the group (we believe) pushing the adoption of a National Popular Vote:
- National Popular Vote: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com
According to their website they have 10 jurisdictions already on board.
Over 50% of the Way to Activating the National Popular Vote Bill – August 8, 2012
The National Popular Vote bill has now been signed into law in 10 jurisdictions possessing 136 electoral votes — 50.4% of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring the National Popular Vote interstate compact into effect.
- District of Columbia – 3 electoral votes
- Hawaii – 4 electoral votes
- Illinois – 20 electoral votes
- Maryland – 10 electoral votes
- Massachusetts – 11 electoral votes
- New Jersey – 14 electoral votes
- Washington – 12 electoral votes
- Vermont – 3 electoral votes
- California – 55 electoral votes
- Rhode Island – 4 electoral votes
This call to do away with/modify the electoral college and go with a popular vote comes up from time to time. This time the effort seems pretty well organized. They even have some current and former elected officials on board.
Below are various explanations of the Electoral College process. [This is not necessarily an endorsement of these organizations - they just happen to have pretty good explanations of the electoral system.]
- From the Heritage Foundation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2004/11/the-electoral-college-enlightened-democracy#pgfId-1139116
- From the League of Women Voters: http://www.lwv.org/content/who-will-elect-president-electoral-college-system
- ALEC’s support of the Electoral College, 2007: http://www.oksenate.gov/publications/senate_studies/13-27/Handout-ALEC%20Resolution%20about%20Electoral%20College.pdf
II. Convention of States
There is also a general call being floated around for a Convention of States, promoted by Citizens for Self Governance. Such a call would require 34 states to pass legislation calling for such a Convention. From their website: “Rather than calling a convention for a specific amendment, Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) has launched the Convention of the States Project to urge state legislatures to properly use Article V to call a convention for a particular subject—reducing the power of Washington, D.C.”
- Convention of States: http://conventionofstates.com/
It is good to be prepared – you might be good to study up on both issues ahead of session.
The first day of the OK Legislative session is Monday, February 3rd, 2014. Deadlines for filing bills is in December 2013.