Over the past few months Oklahomans have been hearing about the attempt to enact a new tax on “services”. Oklahoma law has historically held services harmless from direct taxation. Those who provide services must already pay income tax on their…
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How much do you think those elected to the State House respect their constituents? Not much according to all the legislative action to overturn the criminal justice reform ballot votes of the people from this past November. Apparently a great many legislators elected to represent believe their job is to go against the direct voice of the people. Their actions indicate a blatant disrespect for the voters. The excuses and reasoning given for these betrayals basically equate to we the voters being ignorant peasants too stupid to know what we were doing. Welcome to representative government that not only doesn’t represent but goes against the clear will of the people on enhancing justice. Be contacting your State Senators to tell them to respect your November votes and oppose this HB1482 and those like it.
Dr. Shannon Grimes
It would seem to be a no brainer, that your representatives assigned to various committees would actually consider the bills brought before them. However, ask any activist involved for more than one cycle if you want to hear the war stories!
The House officially convenes on Monday, February 6, and their first order of business will be to adopt the rules which will govern how they operate for the session. On that day, a representative will propose the adoption of the “Open Government Rule,” which states, “A bill shall be heard and receive a vote in committee if the primary author requests it in writing; and a bill, having passed committee, shall be heard and receive a vote on the House floor if the primary author requests it in writing.”
OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 27, 2017) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma House would ensure utility customers could opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of the bill would allow Oklahomans to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.
Rep. Scott McEachin (R) prefiled House Bill 1435 (HB1435) for introduction during the 2017 legislative session. The legislation would give residential and business utility customers the right to refuse installation of “smart meters.”
*TAC is the Tenth Amendment Center. Their feeds are syndicated on Constitutional Liberty Coalition.
I once observed a local fast food restaurant experience a drop-off in the quality of service. Long lines of customers found themselves patiently waiting for a product that took far too long to deliver. Word quickly spread around town about the poor service.
It didn’t take long for the the restaurant to address the issue with a management change in an attempt to restore a higher quality of service.
This is a perfect example of the free market’s effectiveness.
Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process – January 28
The 2016 legislative session begins Monday, February 6, 2016 and we need to be prepared. There will be many bills that require our attention – being trained in how to be effective is necessary for success.
Amanda Teegarden’s Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process training classes are in-depth working sessions.
1. Firing Government Nannies
2. Citizens Without Representation
3. Thrills & Chills Coming
4. Upcoming Programs
1. Firing Government Nannies. Not long ago we reported that Oklahoma City had banned pedestrians from using a public park. In the face of public outcry, the ban has been lifted. This is the correct outcome, and we applaud OKC for coming to the right decision in this matter of public property.
OK2A has recently updated their website and some of their links have changed. Their feeds were interrupted on OKGrassroots in the transition.
Here are links to some articles that you may have missed or want to keep for reference from October 2016:
Throughout my time in the Legislature I have observed House members struggle with their inability to achieve meaningful oversight over state agencies.
Here is how the public component of the legislative oversight has mostly been conducted:
At the start of session, Appropriations Subcommittee members spend twenty to thirty minutes on a hearing of each state agency’s budget request. Nothing happens for several months while the most powerful legislators conduct closed-door negotiations with agencies, other legislators and the Governor’s staff. With just a few days remaining in the session, legislative leaders emerge from behind the scenes and announce a “budget deal” and go to work lining up votes for the budget by telling legislators, “Either vote for the budget or we will be forced to call a special session which will cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars and make the Legislature appear weak in the eyes of the public.”
Tulsa Democrat, Eric Proctor, has signaled his continued fight against new tax increases targeted to impact low & middle income Oklahomans. He posted the following message on his social media acct. ”I will not be supporting the Governor’s plan to raise taxes on working and middle class families. The middle class and working poor pay a disproportionate amount of tax compared to the most wealthy corporations in ou […]