Oklahoma Anti-Chipping Bill Redux

Kaye Beach

Feb. 22, 2011

Flashback last session:

2010 Lobbyists Kill Oklahoma’s Anti-chipping bill

HB 2569 by Rep. Wesselhoft would have blocked the federal government from tracking individuals through a radio frequency identity chip embedded in their driver’s licenses.

The bill was very popular with ordinary Oklahomans and it received overwhelming bipartisan support in the state legislature.  HB 2569 was easily passed by both the House and the Senate.   Unfortunately for the people, some high powered lobbyists did not care for the anti-chipping bill….

HB 2569 was targeted from the beginning by an out-of-state  technology manufacturing lobby group called SIA (Security Industry Associations, in Alexandria, VA).

On Jan 26, 2010 a representative from SIA called Rep. Wesselhoft and asked him to drop this bill; Rep. Wesselhoft refused.

A short time later, former Oklahoma legislator-turned-lobbyist,Jim Dunlap, representing HID Global (a SIA member), attempted to have the bill amended to allow for RFID tracking tags to be used in the OK DL/IDs.   After much uproar the amendment was withdrawn.

On April 26, 2010 HB 2569 was sent to the Governor to be signed.

This is the same day that SIA CEO Richard Chace  sent a letter to the Governor asking him to veto HB 2569.

On April 28, 2010 Governor Henry vetoed the bill

In state after state, the SIA have imposed, using their influence and power to stifle state legislation designed to protect constituents from unwarranted intrusions into their lives.

Oklahomans have another chance this session.  Rep. Wesslehoft is offering HB 1399 “prohibiting the use of radio frequency identification tags on driver licenses and identification cards” Please contact your Representatives and tell them that this year you expect them to protect the interests of their constituents NOT the interests of the SIA or HID Global.

OK-SAFE provides the following information:

This year, HB 1399 (by Wesselhoft/Russell) has been introduced, once again prohibiting the use of RFID tracking technology in the OK DL/ID cards.

HB 1399 has been assigned to the Public Safety Committee chaired by Rep. Sue Tibbs (R-HD 23).

Please call/email the following committee members and ask that HB 1399 be voted on and advanced to the Floor.

Rep. Sue Tibbs, 405-557-7379     suetibbs@okhouse.gov
Rep. Steve Martin, 405-557-7402 stevemartin@okhouse.gov
Rep. John Bennet, 405-557-7315 john.bennett@okhouse.gov
Rep. Ed Cannaday, 405-557-7375 ed.cannady@okhouse.gov
Rep. Josh Cockroft, 405-557-7349 josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov
Rep. Doug Cox, 405-557-7415      dougcox@okhouse.gov
Rep.Tommy Hardin, 405-557-7383 tommy.hardin@okhouse.gov
Rep. Chuck Hoskin 405-557-7319  chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov
Rep. Fred Jordan 405-557-7331     fred.jordan@okhouse.gov
Rep. Charlie Joyner 405-557-7314 charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov
Rep. Al McAffrey 405-557-7396      al.mcaffrey@okhouse.gov
Rep. Pat Ownbey 405-557-7326     pat.ownbey@okhouse.gov
Rep. Pam Peterson 405-557-7341 pampeterson@okhouse.gov
Rep. Brian Renegar 405-557-7381 brian.renegar@okhouse.gov
Rep. Paul Roan 405-557-7308        paulroan@okhouse.gov
Rep.Todd Thomsen 405-557-7336 todd.thomsen@okhouse.gov
Rep.Steve Vaughan 405-557-7355 steve.vaughan@okhouse.gov

(To send a group email copy and paste the group below:
suetibbs@okhouse.gov, stevemartin@okhouse.gov, john.bennett@okhouse.gov, ed.cannady@okhouse.gov, josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, tommy.hardin@okhouse.gov, chuck.hoskin@okhouse.gov, fred.jordan@okhouse.gov, charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov, al.mcaffrey@okhouse.gov, pat.ownbey@okhouse.gov, pampeterson@okhouse.gov, brian.renegar@okhouse.gov, paulroan@okhouse.gov, todd.thomsen@okhouse.gov, steve.vaughan@okhouse.gov )

Contact House members at 1-800-522-8502, or 405-521-2711

He really said this!

For a more in depth review of the mess last session  see “Meet The Chippers”


2 responses to “Oklahoma Anti-Chipping Bill Redux

  1. All chipping must be stopped. I particularly don’t like chips in my underoos.. Kmart underwear used to suck, now walmart is the lead in chipping underwears. Horrid appauling to even think americans would allow such things. RIFD tags come in many ways , and it all must be stopped. Not only are the totally invasive and intrusive but they are a health hazard, to both living beings and animals. Hasn’t america SUBJECTED herself enough ? Signing over rights for privileges is bad enough. Your last defense is your body. That is our property , shouldn’t we be good stewards of our own selves. For flying out snakes, when will people push back. Things should not have gotten as far as they have, global orders are knocking , its time to shut the door and put a do not ” tress pass upon our property. ” That falls in with TSA matters to. As well as NATIONAL ID, free people don’t need any of this , for it is the mark of the mark. And the red light camera’s also don’t belong in a free nation. !!!

  2. Can I get an Amen!

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