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March 26, 2013

SB 76 – Increasing filings so only the elite can run? Calls Needed!

Filed under: Education — oksafeinc @ 7:00 pm

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.

Bag of MoneySB 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.

Link to bill:
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2013-14%20ENGR/SB/SB76%20ENGR.PDF

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: scott.martin@okhouse.gov    Phone: 405-557-7329
Vice-Chair: Tom Newell     Email: tom.newell@okhouse.gov       Phone: 405-557-7372

House Switchboard Toll Free #: 1-800-522-8502
Group Email for House Appropriations and Budget Committee Members:

scott.martin@okhouse.gov, tom.newell@okhouse.gov, donarmes@okhouse.gov, lisabilly@okhouse.gov, mikebrown@okhouse.gov, mike.christian@okhouse.gov, anncoody@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, leedenney@okhouse.gov, joedorman@okhouse.gov, jwhickman@okhouse.gov, chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov, sallykern@okhouse.gov, mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov, jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov, skye.mcniel@okhouse.gov, jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov, richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov, jason.nelson@okhouse.gov, leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov, eric.proctor@okhouse.gov, sean.roberts@okhouse.gov, mike.sanders@okhouse.gov, colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov, earl.sears@okhouse.gov, weldon.watson@okhouse.gov, paulwesselhoft@okhouse.gov

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

YEAS:   27

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

NAYS:   18

Anderson, Ballenger, Bass, Brecheen, Burrage, Coates, Dahm, Ellis, Ivester, Johnson (C.), McAffrey, Paddack, Shaw, Shortey, Shumate, Sparks, Sykes.

EXCUSED:    3

Garrison, Marlatt, Mazzei

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6 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on OKforTEA Radio and commented:
    RED ALERT! RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

    Comment by okfortearadio — March 27, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  2. Legislation then basic bill search then votes tab to get the information on http://www.oklegislature.gov site you can put in any bill you want. There is an advanced search option also.

    Comment by Sandra Crosnoe — March 26, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

  3. here is a link on status of bill http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=sb76&Session=1300

    Comment by Sandra Crosnoe — March 26, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  4. Why is it that a person can not take their eyes off their representatives for one minute or they start voting in a way that hurts their constituents? I’m sorry, but this get old. They are worse than a bunch of two year olds. You can’t take your eyes off them for one second!

    Comment by Vickie Babcock — March 26, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

  5. I would like to know what Senators voted for this! And I would like to know the reasoning behind their vote.

    Comment by Vickie Babcock — March 26, 2013 @ 8:30 pm


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