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February 14, 2014

Tell the House NO on SB 906 – National Popular Vote

Filed under: Constitution, Lobbying, Network — Tags: , , , , — oksafeinc @ 10:09 am

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Unbelievably, on Wednesday Oklahoma’s Senate passed a bill that moves this state toward voting for president by popular vote.

By most calculations, this means that those states with the highest concentration of urban dwellers would decide who is elected president, (like CA, IL, and NY).  Under this proposal, it looks like OK’s electors would have had to cast their vote for Barack Obama in the last election.

For this we needed Republicans?

Sen. Rob Johnson (rumored to be angling for another job), authored SB 906, which states, “Pursuant to terms and conditions of this act, the State of Oklahoma seeks to join with other states and establish the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.”

SB 906 passed the Senate on 2/12/14 by a vote of 28-18 and is now in the House.

Part of a nation-wide effort this model legislation has passed in 9 states – all progressive “blue” states, like CA, WA, and IL, as of July 2013.

From Wikipedia:

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement among various states and the District of Columbia to replace their current rules regarding the apportionment of presidential electors with rules guaranteeing the election of the candidate with the most popular votes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Coming in the form of an interstate compact, the agreement goes into effect once law in states that together have an absolute majority of votes (at least 270) in the Electoral College. In the next presidential election, those states would award all their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner, who would become President by winning a majority of votes in the Electoral College. Until the compact’s conditions are met, all states will award electoral votes in their current manner.

As of July 2013, the compact had been joined by nine states and the District of Columbia (see map). Their 136 combined electoral votes amount to 25% of the Electoral College, and 50% of the 270 votes needed for the compact to go into effect.

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More here, including debates on the issue and a map of states, and at the National Popular Vote website.

SB 906 will be assigned to a House Committee (unknown as of this date). Please contact your House members and ask them to vote NO on SB 906.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman: (405) 557-7339  Email:  jwhickman@okhouse.gov

Speaker Pro Tem Mike Jackson: (405) 557-7317   Email: mikejackson@okhouse.gov

Floor Leader Pam Peterson:  (405) 557-7341   Email: pampeterson@okhouse.gov

List of House members here.

January 16, 2013

Obama’s “Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions” List – Jan. 16, 2013

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Using children as set pieces, President Obama today outlined a list of “Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions” dealing with expanding the ways by which government would have the means to limit people’s right to self-defense and their ability to resist a tyrannical government.

As always, the government’s solutions would involve the collection of more data about the American people, and the use of technology.

For instance, several of the administration’s recommendations dealt with removing the barriers to information sharing between the feds and state, or other entities, for the purpose of conducting background checks on purchasers/owners of guns (#1, 2, 3, 5, and 6).

Another recommendation was to use the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to study the causes of “this epidemic of violence” (#14), which of course will require access to more detailed personal data on people and their mental conditions.  Another one suggested amending HIPAA to allow government access the medical records for background checks to see if, well, whether folks 1) have a mental illness and 2) own a gun. (#2 and #16).  More information sharing.

[This brings us to an interesting point regarding those intrusive medical questionnaires:  NEVER admit to feeling “depressed” and NEVER answer questions about owning a gun. Your answers become a permanent part of your electronic health record and can later be used against you.  This recommendation was provided to us by a nurse who has been instructed to always ask her (post operative) patients if they felt sad or depressed.  The nurse recommended not answering the question, especially since feeling a bit “depressed” after surgery was normal and usually temporary; but by answering “yes” to that question becomes a permanent part of your health record and can later be construed as evidence of mental illness.  What a racket.]

Listed below is the list of Executive Actions sought, as posted by C-SPAN on January 16, 2013.

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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

January 16, 2013

Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions

Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:

  1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
  2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
  3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
  4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
  5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
  6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
  7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
  8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
  9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
  10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
  11. Nominate an ATF director.
  12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
  13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
  14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
  15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
  16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
  17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
  18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
  1. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
  2. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
  3. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
  4. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
  5. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

November 16, 2011

Health Care Reform in Oklahoma – It’s 1992 All Over Again

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 8:51 pm

There is an old saying that goes something like “What’s old is new again!”, usually in the context of some fashion trend resurrecting something from the past.

The Oklahoma legislature is apparently in the resurrection business.  Health care reform, aka “ObamaCare”, health information/insurance exchanges, CO-OPs, coverage for all, etc. is the not-so-godly resurrection of the Clintons’ Universal Health Care proposal from the early 1990’s.

What’s different today is that the technological infrastructure to make Hillary/Bush/Obama Care work is further advanced, being put into place right here in Oklahoma, through legislative action, through the actions of the OHIET (Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust), and the OHCA (Oklahoma Health Care Authority).

Regardless of how the Supreme Court decides on the individual mandate, the state of Oklahoma is adopting all the requirements for universal health care. It is the Clinton’s universal health care plan, redux.

See Journal Record article here from 1992.

Universal health care proposal – 1992.

Note to Oklahoma Legislators – people didn’t want this in 1992 and they sure don’t want it in 2011, or 2012, or….

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