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February 18, 2013

Calls Needed! Vote NO on SB 36 – Nanny State “Smoking” Bill – UPDATE-SB36 Failed!

UPDATE:  Common sense prevailed in the Senate General Government Committee. SB 36 by Simpson failed in committee today by a vote of 6/2! 

OK-SAFE, Inc. – 2/18/13.    Even if you are not a smoker and don’t like smelling the stuff you can see what’ wrong given local “governmental subdivisions” the authority to ban smoking.

SB 36 by Frank Simpson is going to heard this morning in the Senate General Committee meeting.  SB 36 seeks to amend Section 1-1527 of Title 63,  and reads:

The State Legislature by adopting this act intends the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act does
not intend to preempt any other regulation promulgated to control smoking in public places and intends to 
standardize laws that permit governmental subdivisions may to adopt local ordinances to further control smoking.  
Cities and towns may enact and enforce laws prohibiting and penalizing conduct under provisions of this act, but
the provisions of such laws shall be the same as provided in this act and the enforcement provisions under such 
laws shall not be more less stringent than those of this act the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act.

This is growing government, not limiting government, and what gets banned gives access to more of your personal information.

Please email the following General Gov’t committee members this morning and ask for a NO vote on SB 36:

Treat@oksenate.gov; ballenger@oksenate.gov; aldridge@oksenate.gov; Dahm@oksenate.gov; ellis@oksenate.gov; johnsonr@oksenate.gov ; loveless@oksenate.gov; marlatt@oksenate.gov

Kaye Beach of AxXiom for Liberty, has written a great overview of what is wrong with SB 36.  See below and link:

nanny-state

Oklahoma Action Alert! Big Momma Gov. Wants ‘Local’ Control – SB 36

Kaye Beach

Feb. 17, 2013

SB36 by Sen. Simpson would allow cities to regulate smoking in in public places in excess of what state law allows.

Do we want to give cities more power to infringe upon our rights?

What could possibly go wrong?

SB36

  • Violates rights of property owners
    • Violates consumers right to choose

AND
State standards already protect health of non smokers. (by requiring businesses to install what amounts to a BSL 3 area for smokers.  These are expensive, negative pressure, separate ventilation system rooms for smoking patrons!)

Here is the bottom line:

“Private property owners should be free to allow smoking or not. Those who wish to smoke can patronize places that cater to smokers. Those who don’t will have places that seek their business. That’s how the free market works.” (Hat tip to Rob Abeira from Oklahomans for Individual Rights https://www.facebook.com/OKRights )

Rest of post here.

March 5, 2012

HR 1004 Discharge Petition Rally – Wednesday at the Capitol – Be There!

OK-SAFE, Inc. – OK-SAFE will be joining other Oklahoma grassroots activists at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the OK Capitol* to petition for Open Government in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Wednesday’s effort is being spearheaded by Kaye Beach of Axxiom for Liberty.  This citizen rally is meant to secure the remaining signatures necessary to cause HR 1004 to be discharged from committee and move directly to the House floor for debate and a vote.

HR 1004, by Rep. Charles Key, simply states that if a legislator requests that his bill get a hearing in the committee it has been assigned to, the chairman of that committee must hear the bill and allow a vote.  It’s that simple.  As it stands now, a committee chairman, under direction of the Speaker, can prevent a bill from ever being heard in committee, effectively exerting top-down control of the legislative process.

Below is an excellent post by Kaye Beach detailing the purpose of HR 1004 and instructions for Wednesday’s efforts.

HR 1004 Discharge Petition-Calling All Oklahoma Activists for Representative and Open Government!

By Kaye Beach, March 2, 2012.

Blog Post Excerpt:

One More Chance – The Discharge Petition

House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the House floor.  We need the signatures of 66 House members to get HR 1004 (read HR1004) discharged from committee and on the House floor for a vote.

Right now we have 45 signatures but we need a minimum of 66 signatures.  That means we need 21 more signatures in order to get HR 1004 to the floor for a vote.

Your help is needed!

On Wednesday March 7, 2012, grassroots activists from across Oklahoma interested in ensuring transparent and representative government throughout the entire legislative process will meet for a petition drive for HR 1004 at the Oklahoma State Capitol at 9 am. 

RSVP on Facebook!  Oklahoma Action Alert – HR 1004 Discharge Petition Drive

Read entire post here.

*Folks will initially meet in the first floor rotunda area for instructions, then head upstairs.  The media has been invited.

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