OK-SAFE, Inc. Blog

January 18, 2011

OK-SAFE Training Sessions – Tulsa

The Oklahoma Legislative Session begins on Monday, February 7, 2011, runs for 16 weeks, and ends on May 27, 2011.

Building on last year’s citizen training, OK-SAFE will be conducting 2 training sessions entitled Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process. (NOTE: The OKC session was conducted 1/15/2011.)

These meetings are subject-specific, and graduated by level of ability and interest. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers, note-taking material, and refreshments as these are working meetings.

  • Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: The HQ Building, 1008-B N. Hickory Ave., Broken Arrow, OK.    

Preliminary Agenda is detailed below.

1st Hour –

  • Introductory – The Basics. 1) Overview of the OK Legislative Process; 2) Identifying your legislator; 3) Contact information and lists; 4) Writing emails; 5) Making the OK Legislature and OSCN websites your home pages.

2nd Hour – 

  • Intermediate -Building on Hour 1. 1) The legislative process, including interim studies, introduced bills;  bill committee assignments; 2) The committee process; when to advocate for a bill; 3) Creating group email lists for House and Senate committees; 4) Understanding the role of Speaker/ Pro-Temp, Floor Leader, and Whips.  

3rd Hour –

  • Advanced – Taking off the Rose-Colored Glasses. 1) How to read a bill with understand; which OK titles of law to examine; 2) Understanding political doublespeak, i.e, smaller, smarter government, small business, advanced, quality job, knowledge-based economy; 3) The Quality Jobs Program Act; PrimeWIN; OSU-UML, the ‘contract verifier’ for OK; 4) Tax incentives/earmarks; who is benefiting from the passage of legislation.

These meetings are free and open to the public; however, we are asking for a small donation to cover the cost of printed material and room rental. 

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.”

September 22, 2009

OK-SAFE Action Forum October 1st, 2009 – Training!

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , , — oksafeinc @ 3:29 am
The next OK-SAFE Action Forum will be Thursday, October 1st, 2009.
 
Oklahomans are aware of the growth of big government and have been stirred to action.  They’ve rallied together and protested to make their voices heard in the public square. Some folks are ready to move on to the next step, [getting involved in the OK legislative process], but  may be asking themselves, “How do I do that?” 
 
The next OK-SAFE Action Forum will be something all Oklahoma grassroots activists can use – a no-spin training session on “Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process”, focusing on the Oklahoma Legislature.
 
Topics will include:
  • Civic responsibility
  • Introduction to the Oklahoma Legislature website
  • How a bill is introduced
  • The course of a bill in the legislative process
  • Bill tracking
  • How to lobby

The bad policies of the federal government are implemented at the state level – the states can fight back, IF enough citizens understand the legislative process and get involved. 

Our rights have been given to us by God, not man, but “man” is working feverishly to remove those rights.
 
The Oklahoma Capitol belongs to the people; who typically lobbies the OK legislature, however, are multinational corporations and big government special interest groups.
 
This needs to change.  The people must take back their civic responsibility and become involved in the legislative process.
 
Make plans today to attend this training meeting.
 

Date: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

Time: 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm
Location: Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., Tulsa, OK (93rd & S. Memorial) 
Disclaimer: The Hardesty Library (TCCL) is a meeting place only and is not a sponsor of this meeting. The TCCL system takes no position on the subject matter of meetings held in library facilities.

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