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 After much uproar the amendment was withdrawn.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Steve Martin, 405-557-7402 email@example.com
Rep. John Bennet, 405-557-7315 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ed Cannaday, 405-557-7375 email@example.com
Rep. Josh Cockroft, 405-557-7349 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Doug Cox, 405-557-7415 email@example.com
Rep.Tommy Hardin, 405-557-7383 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Chuck Hoskin 405-557-7319 email@example.com
Rep. Fred Jordan 405-557-7331 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Charlie Joyner 405-557-7314 email@example.com
Rep. Al McAffrey 405-557-7396 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Pat Ownbey 405-557-7326 email@example.com
Rep. Pam Peterson 405-557-7341 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brian Renegar 405-557-7381 email@example.com
Rep. Paul Roan 405-557-7308 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep.Todd Thomsen 405-557-7336 email@example.com
Rep.Steve Vaughan 405-557-7355 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contact House members at 1-800-522-8502, or 405-521-2711
For a more in depth review of the mess last session see “Meet The Chippers”