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April 29, 2010

Gov. Henry Vetos HB 2569 – So he wants RFID tags in OK DL/IDs?

4/29/10, 2:45pm
URGENT UPDATE ON HB 2569 and OK-SAFE Action Alert dated 4/29/10
OK-SAFE just received word that Governor Brad Henry has vetoed HB 2569, the bill prohibiting RFID tags in the OK DL/ID cards. 
House author Rep. Paul Wesselhoft needs help asking for a veto override on this bill before Monday, May 3rd, 2010.
Calls are needed now to the OK House Republicans to agree to the override request. 
HB 2569 passed both the House and Senate with wide margins of support and an override is entirely possible – if the OK House will agree.
Please begins calls asap to the following OK House Members, and ask them to support Rep. Paul Wesselhoft’s request for an override of the veto of HB 2569.
OK House Republicans – Toll Free 1-800-522-8502
Armes, Don  donarmes@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7307
Banz, Gary W.  garybanz@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7395
Benge, Chris  chrisbenge@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7340
Billy, Lisa J.  lisajbilly@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7365
Blackwell, Gus  gusblackwell@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7384
Christian, Mike  mike.christian@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7371
Coody, Ann  anncoody@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7398
Cooksey, Marian  mariancooksey@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7342
Cox, Doug  dougcox@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7415
Dank, David  david.dank@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7392
Denney, Lee  leedenney@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7304
Derby, David  david.derby@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7377
DeWitt, Dale  daledewitt@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7332
Duncan, Rex  rexduncan@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7344
Enns, John  john.enns@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7321
Faught, George  george.faught@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7310
Fields, Eddie  eddie.fields@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7322
Hickman, Jeffrey W.  jwhickman@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7339
Holland, Corey  corey.holland@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7405
Jackson, Mike  mikejackson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7317
Jett, Shane  shanejett@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7349
Johnson, Dennis  dennis.johnson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7327
Jones, Tad  tadjones@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7380
Jordan, Fred  fred.jordan@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7331
Joyner, Charlie  charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7314
Kern, Sally  sallykern@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7348
Key, Charles  charles.key@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7354
Kirby, Dan  dan.kirby@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7356
Liebmann, Guy  guyliebmann@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7357
Martin, Scott  scott.martin@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7329
Martin, Steve  stevemartin@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7402
McCullough, Mark  mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7414
McDaniel, Randy  randy.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7409
McNiel, Skye  skye.mcniel@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7353
Miller, Ken  kenmiller@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7360
Moore, Lewis H.  lewis.moore@okhouse.gov (405) 557-7400
Murphey, Jason  jason.murphey@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7350
Nelson, Jason  jason.nelson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7335
Ortega, Charles  charles.ortega@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7369
Osborn, Leslie  leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7333
Ownbey, Pat  pat.ownbey@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7326
Peters, Ron  ronpeters@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7359
Peterson, Pam  pampeterson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7341
Reynolds, Mike  mikereynolds@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7337
Richardson, Phil  philrichardson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7401
Ritze, Mike  mike.ritze@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7338
Russ, Todd  todd.russ@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7312
Sanders, Mike  mike.sanders@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7407
Schwartz, Colby  colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7352
Sears, Earl  earl.sears@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7358
Shannon, T. W.  tw.shannon@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7374
Steele, Kris  krissteele@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7345
Sullivan, Daniel  danielsullivan@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7361
Terrill, Randy  randyterrill@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7346
Thompson, Mike  mikethompson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7403
Thomsen, Todd  todd.thomsen@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7336
Tibbs, Sue  suetibbs@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7379
Trebilcock, John  johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7362
Watson, Weldon  weldon.watson@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7330
Wesselhoft, Paul  paulwesselhoft@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7343
Wright, Harold  harold.wright@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7325
Wright, John  johnwright@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7347

Thank you very much for your help with this urgent matter.


April 1, 2010

Big Gov’t Lobbyist Dunlap wants RFID chips in the OK drivers license

Representing a firm called HID Global, big government lobbyist Jim Dunlap is wheeling and dealing his way into amending HB 2569, a bill currently working its’ way through the OK legislature and which prohibits imbedding/affixing/adhering a radio frequency identification (RFID) device or RFID-type ink  into or on to the OK drivers license or state-issued identification cards.

HID Global and lobbyist Jim Dunlap want to amend this bill to allow for tracking chips in the OK drivers licenses/ID cards.  

HID Global, of course, just happens to make RFID chips and other tracking technology.   

OK State Senator Dan Newberry, the Senate author of HB 2569, initially said he would be honored to run this bill, agreeing with the principle that people are not inventory to be tagged and tracked.

However, Senator Newberry, after a visit this past week by the special-interest-group-paid lobbyist Dunlap, now appears to waffling in his position. 

Parroting the same talking points as lobbyist Dunlap, Newberry offered OK-SAFE the ‘opportunity to draft language as tight as possible’ to both prohibit RFID chips in the OK drivers license…and allow them.

Senator Newberry, OK-SAFE suggests you read the bill you agreed to carry.  HB 2569, as written, is already as tight as possible on this issue by prohibiting the privacy-busting chip in the OK drivers license. 

Are you now saying you want to open the door for future ‘chipping’ of  the OK drivers license?  Do you really want to be known as the Senator who did that?

OK-SAFE declined the offer and will not be party to an effort to open the legislative door allowing for future tracking devices to be imbedded in the OK driver license.

HB 2569 is Popular in OK:

HB 2569 sailed through the OK House on 3/4/10 with a veto-proof majority (76-13) and, due to it’s popularity, had 2 additional House members signed on as co-sponsors, bringing the total House co-sponsors to 8. 

HB 2569  passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee by a hefty majority vote of 17-3 on Wednesday, 3/31/10, with title off.  HB 2569, as currently written, has $0 fiscal impact. 

Per Appropriations Chair Senator Mike Johnson, and Senate rules, bills with $0 fiscal impact and with title off may be moved to the Senate floor and avoid going to what is called ‘conference committee’, where members meet informally in the halls, and where shadowy amendments get added to bills, which is what the lobbyist is pusing for. 

Surely Senator Newberry doesn’t want to be known as the legislator who opened the door to tracking chips in the OK drivers license?

This is avoidable. Senator Newberry has the power to avoid having HB 2569 going to a  ‘conference committee’, and can move it to the Senate floor. Once on the Senate floor, Senator Newberry can move to restore the title and pass this popular bill, in its original format. 

Resist the Chip!

Please call Senator Dan Newberry and ask him to stand strong on the original language in HB 2569, and move the bill to the Senate floor for a vote.  Tell Senator Newberry to ‘resist the chip’.

Senator Dan Newberry: 1-405-521-5600

Sen. Dan Newberry: newberry@oksenate.gov

Follow the Money: www.followthemoney.com

OK State Ethics Commission:  http://www.ok.gov/oec/

To see campaign contributions, click on Campaign Reporting, then follow the links to see the C-1R reports of campaign contributions.

From the Lobbyist Reporting link on the OK Ethics Commission website:
L100128 – Dunlap, James Robert
Work 405.361.5399
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
CompSource Oklahoma
Covanta Energy
Cox Communications
Hewlett-Packard Company
Jim Dunlap Consultants
Lilly USA, LLC
Majority Plus, LLC
OGE Energy Corp.
Oklahoma Lakes and Countries Association
Oklahoma Mid-sized City Coalition
Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association
Oklahoma State Medical Association [OSMA]
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America [PhRMA]
University of Central Oklahoma [UCO]

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