OK-SAFE, Inc. – As evidence of the attempt by the “economic elite” to block everyday people from filing for office in Oklahoma, we have SB 76, by Russ of the House/Fields of the Senate.
SB 76 increases various filing fees for candidates by 200%, 300%, and more.
Unfortunately, this bill has already passed the Senate and is now in the House Appropriations and Budget committee. It is scheduled to be heard Wed. 3/27/13 at 4:30 pm.
Emails/Calls are needed today to stop this bill from getting the House floor.
Proposed Filing fee increases:
- To file as a candidate for office – from $200 to $400
- To run for Governor – from $1500 to $3000
- To run for U.S. Senate – from $750 to $2000
- To run for U.S. Congress – from $500 to $1500
- And adds a $1000 filing fee to run for the following state-wide offices: Lt. Gov., Corp. Commission, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Public School Superintendent, Treasurer, and Insurance Commissioner.
House Appropriations and Budget Committee Members:
Chair: Scott Martin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 405-557-7329
Vice-Chair: Tom Newell Email: email@example.com Phone: 405-557-7372
House Switchboard Toll Free #: 1-800-522-8502
Group Email for House Appropriations and Budget Committee Members:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
So, is this an attempt to prevent another Jim Bridenstine from being elected to office? Or, since the governor couldn’t increase the stable of appointments to statewide offices, is it an attempt to price the people out participating in the process and assuring representation?
Regardless, the proposed level increase of filing fees is egregious and insensitive to the needs of the people of Oklahoma.
UPDATE: We’ve been asked, “Who voted for this bill in the Senate?” Here you go:
3/5/13 Senate Votes on SB 76 – Increasing filing fees
Aldridge, Allen, Barrington, Bingman, Boggs, Branan, Brinkley, Brown, Brooks, Crain, David, Fields, Ford, Griffin, Halligan, Holt, Jolley, Johnson (R.), Justice, Loveless, Newberry, Schulz, Sharp, Simpson, Standridge, Stanislawski, and Treat
Anderson, Ballenger, Bass, Brecheen, Burrage, Coates, Dahm, Ellis, Ivester, Johnson (C.), McAffrey, Paddack, Shaw, Shortey, Shumate, Sparks, Sykes.
Garrison, Marlatt, Mazzei