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HR 1004 Discharge Petition-Calling All Oklahoma Activists for Representative and Open Government!

Kaye Beach

March 2, 2012

Last legislative session, Rep. Charles Key offered an Amendment to the legislative rules (dubbed the “Open Government Rule”) which provided that all of our elected representatives would get a hearing on a bill if requested.  The amendment failed after leadership left the vote open for a very long time so that they could “whip” recalcitrant house members into switching their Yay votes to Nay votes.  The measure thus failed

The problem: Bills are assigned to committees whose chairmen exercise dictatorial control over whether a bill gets a fair hearing. Without discussion or vote, chairmen can arbitrarily kill any legislation they choose.

If a legislator is unable to get his or her bill heard, then representative government is essentially dead. Many good bills never get a fair hearing and recorded vote because the committee chairman chooses not to hear them. Legislators are able to avoid taking a public position on difficult issues. The people are the losers.

The solution is the Open Government Rule: The House and Senate need to change their rules to assure that every bill that a legislator wants heard gets a fair hearing in committee and recorded vote. And every bill that passes committee gets a fair hearing and recorded vote on the floor.

This rule change will assure that the people, through their representatives, get a fair hearing for their ideas. Just as important, the people will be able to hold their representatives accountable. No longer will politicians be able to say one thing while doing something else.

Read more: Time To Restore Representative Government

 

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. 

RSVP on Facebook!  Oklahoma Action Alert – HR 1004 Discharge Petition Drive

We will gather on the first floor rotunda and then go door to door giving our Red List legislators an opportunity to sign the discharge petition.  The Media will be present to cover this effort so make sure you look sharp!

 

Here are the score cards.

he names of legislators in GREEN have already signed the petition.  Thank these legislators!

The names of legislators in RED have not yet signed the petition.  These are the ones we will be asking for their signature on Wednesday March 7th

If you do not know who your representative is, click here and see which House district you live in.  Then here to find the corresponding House member.

 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact me at axxiomforliberty@gmail.com

You All Look the Same to Me

Kaye Beach

May 19, 2011

This is what two ladies who were collecting signatures for a petition at the capitol were told by an irate Republican Representative yesterday.

It also recalls the treatment of a variety of petitioners for the discharge of another bill earlier this session.  Many were treated to rude remarks by legislators who lumped them all together regardless of whether or not they had anything to do with other activists that the legislators were irritated with.  It was clear to me then the “us against them” mentality.  This attitude is very concerning as most people want to work reasonably with their legislators and do not deserve this kind of response.

Yesterday, Rep. Don Armes, upset over calls to his office made by the Sooner Tea Party’s Al Gerhart unleashed his fury on the two women in the House Lobby in front of a large number of astonished onlookers consisting of Capitol staff, lobbyists and visitors.  The tirade lasted for several minutes and despite protests from the pair of signature gatherers that they have no control over the actions of other activists,  Armes continued with his finger in the face tirade against Gerhart saying  “You all look the same to me!”

One petitioner gave up and walked away from the scene while the other calmly tried to bring the outraged Rep’s attention back to the issue at hand to no avail.  Full disclosure-I was the one that walked away from the  abuse.

I think  that this eruption actually demonstrates one of the reasons that HR 1004, dubbed the Key open government rule, is so necessary.

Rep. Armes later apologized to me and explained that the legislators are operating under a great deal of pressure.   I do understand that our Representatives are under an enormous amount of pressure.   Is it possible that some of this pressure I believe could be relieved by a simple change of rules?

(read more about the Key amendment and the discharge petition effort here and here)

As it stands now, bills are denied a fair hearing before legislative committees prior to ever making it to the floor of either House often because a few people in leadership positions simply don’t want them to.

The people of Oklahoma elect their representatives well. . . to represent them. The current process denies representation to thousands through the voice of their elected representative which leaves pressure tactics as one of the few avenues open to get a bill unblessed by leadership to a fair hearing.

This legislative session has been marked by unprecedented bitterness in large part due to minority members’ legislation being shut out.

HR 1004 seeks to remedy this by providing a process by which bills can all be offered before a committee for consideration before being delegated to the legislative waste bin by the opinion of one.

The insult to Oklahoma voters committed  by Rep.  Armes yesterday is by no means the only contentious event that Oklahoma taxpayers have been treated to this session and until our legislators correct their rules to make them more evenhanded and transparent, it certainly won’t be the last.

Our State Legislature is Broken! Restoring Representative Government – Mon-Wed this week


Kaye Beach

May 15, 2011

Those who have been fighting for years to help get the Republican majority remember the vows made by the then minority to fix the corrupt house and senate leadership system.  When they got the chance they blew it.

(Listen to this conversation recorded at a Republican meeting about a week ago)

Background

Restoring Representative Government

On Jan 4, 2011 Rep. Charles Key offered an Amendment to the legislative rules (dubbed the “Open Government rule”) designed to correct legislative procedure to allow for bill to at least get a hearing before a committee.  It failed.

 (Read OK-SAFE’s OK House Fails First Test  and GOP Strut Elitism Making Fun of Constituents by James Parsons for excellent summaries of the entire debacle)

A republican form of government, which we are guaranteed by the Constitution, is one in which “the sovereign power resides in a certain body of the people – the electorate – and is exercised by representatives elected by, and responsible to, them.” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

Restoring Representation is not going to happen as a result of any one act-it is a process.

How did we fare without the open government rule?

 

Enjoy your chips, hide your clips and watch those zippers!!

 

2011 Good Bills R.I.P

 

Here are just three of the good bills that were killed before they ever made it to committee:

  • HB 1399 The Anti chipping bill This is a bill that would have simply prohibited RFID tracking devices from being embedded on our driver’s licenses and ID cards was quashed by a petulant committee chair.  The bill actually passed both houses with overwhelming support the year before only to be killed by the Governor on behest of a powerful industry lobbyist seeking to protect the future market for his surveillance devices.
  • HB 1245 the TSA agent anti groping bill which would have added some measure of protection for us and our children from being groped by TSA employees.
  • HB 1647 Open Carry
  •  

In the meantime, measures like this have not had any trouble getting a hearing or passed out of committee;

OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure working its way through the Legislature would give another $40 million in state bond money to the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City – raising the state’s bond investment in the project to more than $103 million. Senate and House committees approved legislation authorizing the $40 million bond issue Thursday, clearing the way for legislative votes as soon as Friday.

Tulsa World 2011-05-13

As it stands now, without the Key amendment, power is firmly entrenched in the hands of a few.

Let’s Get Them On The Record

You may remember from earlier efforts this session to get the open carry bill to the floor that House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the floor if 68 Representatives sign.

It’s time to do another one for the Key Amendment!

Once 68 signatures are collected the Key amendment can go straight to the floor.

Do I think we can get the Key amendment for open government back to the floor?  Who knows?  But remember-this is a process and the petition will be a valuable tool.

The goal is better representation and more accountability.

At the beginning of session 53 members voted against the Key open government rule.

The grassroots were outraged and have made this abundantly clear to these representatives.  Now that we are near the end of session has any of them changed their minds?

We need to know which one of our legislators really believes in fair representation so we can vote and campaign and educate others accordingly come election time.  The petition gives us this starting point.

The stranglehold of leadership needs to end.  Let’s get them on the record so we can act accordingly.

Your help is needed.

Monday the 16 through Wednesday the 18th    11am through 5pm I will be at the Capitol asking each House member to sign the discharge petition.

Please contact me by email ladyaxiom@yahoo.com  or phone 405-818-3224

If you can physically come to the capitol and help by visiting and asking legislators for their support that would be best.  Just let me know so that I can meet you and get you the information you need.

If you can’t come to the Capitol, calls and emails to your Representative asking that they sign the petition would be a great way to support the effort.

Tell them to sign the petition and support the Key open government rule.

Why This Rule Change is Needed

It’s simple.  The current practice of the Oklahoma Legislature is to allow the Committee Chair to kill any bill he/she wants, thereby limiting the bill process from the outset. Conversely, this current practice means that the Chair controls which bills are allowed to move forward. This is a top-down, dictatorial control of the legislative process.  OK-SAFE

I will post our progress as frequently as possible on my blog site

Thank you,

Kaye Beach

House Directory (names, district, phone and room number)

House email addresses:

donarmes@okhouse.gov; garybanz@okhouse.gov; john.bennett@okhouse.gov; lisajbilly@okhouse.gov; gusblackwell@okhouse.gov; mikebrown@okhouse.gov; david.brumbaugh@okhouse.gov; ed.cannaday@okhouse.gov; dennis.casey@okhouse.gov; mike.christian@okhouse.gov; josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov; donnie.condit@okhouse.gov; anncoody@okhouse.gov; mariancooksey@okhouse.gov; dougcox@okhouse.gov; david.dank@okhouse.gov; leedenney@okhouse.gov; david.derby@okhouse.gov; daledewitt@okhouse.gov; joedorman@okhouse.gov; john.enns@okhouse.gov; rusty.farley@okhouse.gov; george.faught@okhouse.gov; will.fourkiller@okhouse.gov; larryglenn@okhouse.gov; randy.grau@okhouse.gov; elise.hall@okhouse.gov; rebeccahamilton@okhouse.gov; tommy.hardin@okhouse.gov; jwhickman@okhouse.gov; weshilliard@okhouse.gov; corey.holland@okhouse.gov; chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov; scott.inman@okhouse.gov; mikejackson@okhouse.gov; dennis.johnson@okhouse.gov; fred.jordan@okhouse.gov; charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov; sallykern@okhouse.gov; charles.key@okhouse.gov; dan.kirby@okhouse.gov; steve.kouplen@okhouse.gov; guyliebmann@okhouse.gov; james.lockhart@okhouse.gov; scott.martin@okhouse.gov; stevemartin@okhouse.gov; al.mcaffrey@okhouse.gov; mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov; jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov; randy.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov; skye.mcniel@okhouse.gov; jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov; lewis.moore@okhouse.gov; dannymorgan@okhouse.gov; richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov; glen.mulready@okhouse.gov; jason.murphey@okhouse.gov; jason.nelson@okhouse.gov; tom.newell@okhouse.gov; jadine.nollan@okhouse.gov; charles.ortega@okhouse.gov; leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov; pat.ownbey@okhouse.gov; ronpeters@okhouse.gov; pampeterson@okhouse.gov; anastasia.pittman@okhouse.gov; eric.proctor@okhouse.gov; rcpruett@okhouse.gov; marty.quinn@okhouse.gov; brian.renegar@okhouse.gov; mikereynolds@okhouse.gov; philrichardson@okhouse.gov; mike.ritze@okhouse.gov; paulroan@okhouse.gov; dustin.roberts@okhouse.gov; sean.roberts@okhouse.gov; waderousselot@okhouse.gov; todd.russ@okhouse.gov; mike.sanders@okhouse.gov; colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov; seneca.scott@okhouse.gov; earl.sears@okhouse.gov; tw.shannon@okhouse.gov; mikeshelton@okhouse.gov; bensherrer@okhouse.gov; jerryshoemake@okhouse.gov; jabarshumate@okhouse.gov; krissteele@okhouse.gov; aaron.stiles@okhouse.gov; danielsullivan@okhouse.gov; randyterrill@okhouse.gov; todd.thomsen@okhouse.gov; suetibbs@okhouse.gov; johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov; steve.vaughan@okhouse.gov; emily.virgin@okhouse.gov; purcywalker@okhouse.gov; weldon.watson@okhouse.gov; paulwesselhoft@okhouse.gov; cory.williams@okhouse.gov; harold.wright@okhouse.gov

Also-Don’t forget about the “new” Health Insurance Exchange bill

Update SB 971 from OK-SAFE

Update on Discharge Petition and HB 1647 Oklahoma Open Carry Bill

Kaye Beach

March 17, 2011

OK2A, along with almost 20 other conservative grassroots groups, began circulating a discharge petition for HB 1647, an open carry bill, at the  Oklahoma State Capitol the last week of Feb.  House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the floor if 68 Representatives sign.

The activists persevered and managed to get the 68 signatures needed.   Rep John Bennett presented their petition to the House earlier this week.

HB1647 was actually heard and passed by the House late  on.Wednesday.

Unfortunately the bill was altered by amendment offered by Rep. Emily Virgin (D-Norman) The amendment reportedly limits open carry to those with a protective order.

I am curious to  find out Rep. Virgin’s reasoning on this amendment.

 

If you would like to hear her explain itself go to

http://www.okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx

Choose “House Session – Legislative Day 22 Evening Session” and fast forward to about 3:47

Tonight on A4L Live! Breitbart Backstory and Boots on the Ground Report from Oklahoma Pro-Second Amendment Activists

Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty 6-8pm CST with Kaye Beach axxiomand Howard Houchen we will get some news we can use! 

Listening Info



Meredith Dake reports about the lawsuit aimed at Andrew Breitbart and Larry O’Connor the head of Breitbart.tv.  Papers were served these gentlemen at CPAC Meridith Dake was there and she will give us the rest of the story.

Meredith writes:

Meredith writes-I am a contributor at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism and Big Hollywood and know Andrew personally. I have a close association with the other defendant in this lawsuit, Larry O’Connor. I am the producer/co-host for his nightly internet radio show.

This email (or post) and all the information it contains have been obtained organically through my own investigation and research across the internet, including the “Bigs” sites. I am the original and only author of this email (or post). No one, including Andrew, Larry, or anyone associated with Breitbart.com contributed or has knowledge that I’m even writing this. This is all my own doing. Why? Because when I saw this bully tactic in the form of a lawsuit I became incensed. This story infuriates me and I’m going to do my very best to respond.

See Meredith’s Blog for this and more “Pointed Observations from the Right” at www.meredithdake.com




New Media Entrepreneur declares that his voice will not be suppressed.

Andrew Breitbart and the head of Breitbart.tv sued by Pigford claimant.

Los Angeles, CA, February 12, 2011 – Breitbart.com LLC announced today that its Chairman and CEO Andrew Breitbart and the head of Breitbart.tv, Larry O’Connor, have been sued in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by a central figure in the Pigford “back-door” reparations case. The Pigford case involves over $2.5 billion in US taxpayer money and constitutes one of the biggest cases of corruption
and politically-motivated fraud in the history of the United States. Mr. Breitbart and Breitbart.tv have been investigating and reporting on the Pigford case since late summer 2010.

Headline:

States Consider Allowing Guns on Campus

Published February 23, 2011

Gun control is a hot-button issue across the country, and college campuses are now at the center of this growing debate.

Students and professors at Texas public universities may soon be able to carry guns on campus, according to a recent measure in the state’s House of Representatives. More than half of its members have signed on as co-authors of the measure, and the Senate passed a similar bill in 2009.

Eight other states including Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, Nebraska and Mississippi have pending “campus carry” legislation underway as well, according to David Burnett, director of public relations for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

Adrienne O’Reilly, the Oklahoma Director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus joins us tonight and explains why she is advocating for four bills filed in the Oklahoma state legislature that will allow concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses.  Adrienne says that these bills are in danger of dying without ever being heard.  We will get an update on these bills from Adrienne and find out what we can do to help bring concealed carry to Oklahoma college campuses.

A list of common objections to concealed carry on campus and the answers to the objections can be found here

http://concealedCampus.org

Find Oklahoma Students for Concealed Carry on Facebook

OK2A -Oklahoma Second Amendment Association


Then Tim Gillespie, Director of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association will be updating us on the progress of Oklahoma’s open carry bills and other pro-Second Amendment bill in general.

Oklahoma 2011 Second Amendment Bills

HB1463 – College Carry allowed
HB1547 – Removes Sherriff’s fees for fingerprints and passport photos
HB1553 – Removes gov’t buildings, gov’t meetings, professional sporting events, pari-mutuel wagering from prohibited places.
HB1652 – Removes Technology Center as prohibited place
HB1913 – Changes Misdemeanor drug conviction from permanent to temporary preclusion for handgun license (10 year)
HB1400 – Open carry without license

On  Feb 22, 2011 Ok2A writes:

On Monday, OK2A, along with almost 20 other conservative grassroots groups, began circulating a discharge petition at the Capitol.  House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the floor if 68 Representatives sign.

We will find out about more about this grassroots effort  to advance the bill to committee in order to get a fair hearing.

Visit http://www.ok2a.org

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