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