OK-SAFE, Inc. Blog

March 2, 2011

Tibbs/Martin Block RFID bill – guess they want a national ID card?

HB 1399 Blocked by Rep. Sue Tibbs and Rep. Steve Martin

Characterizing HB 1399 as a “solution in search of a problem”, Rep. Steve Martin, Vice-Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, along with Chair Rep. Sue Tibbs, has decided to not allow this bill a hearing in their committee.

 
Rep. Steve Martin (R-HD10)

Apparently both Martin and Tibbs are unaware of the pending May 2011 deadline to implement the provisions of the Real ID Act, thereby creating a National/International ID card.  Or they are aware and approve such a card.

HB 1399 (by Wesselhoft/Russell) prohibits the use RFID or RFID-type ink in the Oklahoma drivers’ licenses and state issued ID cards.  (This same bill passed, and was vetoed, in 2010 and was aimed at fighting the implementation of the Real ID Act in Oklahoma.)  

By preventing a hearing and vote on this bill, Martin and Tibbs are preemptively vetoeing HB 1399.

For more information on the coming May 2011 Real ID deadline, click here to read the Conservative Action Alert.

Please call/email Rep. Tibbs and Rep. Steve Martin and tell them to advance HB 1399.

Rep. Sue Tibbs, 405-557-7379     suetibbs@okhouse.gov
Rep. Steve Martin, 405-557-7402 stevemartin@okhouse.gov

Psalm 118: 8,9 – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man; It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”

May 11, 2010

Veto Override Fails in House 5/11/10 – Politics ‘as usual’ in OK

The attempted override of Governor Brad Henry’s veto of HB 2569 failed today in the OK House.  HB 2569, a very popular bill by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of the House and Sen. Dan Newberry of the Senate, prohibits “the imbedding, affixing, adhering, or assigning of a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) or RFID-type ink into or onto the OK drivers license or state-issued ID cards.”

The vote, held early in Tuesday’s session, failed by a vote of 69 Yes, 19 Nay, and 13 Excused.  Due to the emergency clause attached to the bill, a 75% majority is needed for a veto override, rather than the normal 2/3 majority.

Several legislators debated for the override, with division unfortunately falling along party lines, thanks to the lobbying effort by the Governor himself to the Democrat caucus, making the override vote a political issue rather than a policy stand.

Not all Democrats followed the pied piper, however. The following took a position based on doing what is right vs. doing what is wrong – Rep. John Auffet, Rep. Dennis Bailey, Rep. Joe Dorman, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. R.C. Pruett, Rep. Seneca Scott, and Rep. Ben Sherrer are 8 Democrats who stood on principle and who actually voted for the override.

Of the 13 ‘excused’ representatives who did not vote, by best calculations 3 were actually absent: Rep. John Carey, Rep. Chuck Hoskin (new baby), and Rep. John Trebilcock; the other 10 were somewhere in or near the chamber. 

Of these 10, Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing) was in the Speaker’s office and so missed the vote.  It is unclear where some of the others were. 

By more than one witness account, however, Rep. Mike Shelton, (D-Oklahoma County), was actually in the Chambers during the vote but chose to not cast a vote.  When the Chair reminded the House members that House rules state that all members present in the Chamber must cast a vote, Mike Shelton walked out.   Who else walked the vote is being checked by verifying the House attendance sheet, which is part of the official record.

Shelton, most will remember, is the same grandstanding legislator who attached an amendment to SB 2018, expanding the definition of a ‘criminal street gang’ to include:

“Criminal street gang” means any ongoing organization, association, or group of five or more persons including, but not limited to, the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Brotherhood and any independent military organization that is neither recognized nor authorized by the Commander in Chief of the Militia for the State of Oklahoma,  

This dangerous amendment, mixing the KKK and Aryan Brotherhood in with unorganized gun clubs or militias, was attached to SB 2018 on 4/22/10 which the House passed by a vote of 98-1.  (The one NO vote was Rep. Charles Key).

This nonsense passed in April in Oklahoma, during militia-madness-month which sensation-hungry MSNBC  created out of thin air to boost ratings for their April 19th ‘special’ on the Timothy McVeigh Tapes.

Thankfully, the OK Senate rejected Shelton’s stupid amendment and now  SB 2018 is pending somewhere in a conference committee process. (Link to Status of Measure: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/WebBillStatus/main.html)

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft is assessing the possibility of asking for another attempt at a veto override on this important bill.

Contact these 13 legislators who did not participate in this vote and ask for a Yes vote on any future veto override votes on HB 2569:

  1. Neil Brannon – neilbrannon@okhouse.gov  1-405-557-7413
  2. Mike Brown – mikebrown@okhouse.gov    1-405-557-7408
  3. John Carey – johncarey@okhouse.gov           1-405-557-7366
  4. Lee Denney – leedenney@okhouse.gov       1-405-557-7304  (says she will vote yes)
  5. Wes Hilliard – weshilliard@okhouse.gov    1-405-557-7412
  6. Chuck Hoskin -chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov   1-405-557-7319
  7. Scott Inman – scott.inman@okhouse.gov     1-405-557-7370
  8. Danny Morgan – dannymorgan@okhouse.gov   1-405-557-7368
  9. Richard Morrissette – richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov   1-405-557-7404
  10. Bill Nations – billnations@okhouse.gov    1-405-557-7323
  11. Mike Shelton – mikeshelton@okhouse.gov   1-405-557-7367  (walked vote)
  12. John Trebilcock – johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov   1-405-557-7362  (says he will vote yes)
  13. Purcy Walker – purcywalker@okhouse.gov   1-405-557-7311

OK House Toll Free Number: 1-800-522-8502.

Please pray for an end to politics ‘as usual’ and for principled statesmen to arise in the Oklahoma Legislature to override the veto of HB 2569. 

Thank you,

OK-SAFE, Inc.

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
ConocoPhillips
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]
TransCanada
University of Central Oklahoma [UCO]

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: