-This bill was passed this morning I am told. Now you know what you should be mad about! Thank them or Spank them as you see fit- here’s how they voted;
HOUSE BILL 1953 [Economic development; Quick Action Closing
YEAS: 41 RCS# 642
NAYS: 3 4/27/2011
EXC : 4 11:10 AM
N/V : 0
Aldridge Burrage Johnson, C. Russell
Allen Coates Johnson, R. Schulz
Anderson Crain Jolley Shortey
Ballenger David Justice Simpson
Barrington Ellis Laster Sparks
Bass Fields Lerblance Stanislawski
Bingman Ford Mazzei Sykes
Branan Garrison Myers Treat
Brecheen Halligan Newberry
Brinkley Holt Nichols
Brown Ivester Rice
Eason Mc Wilson Wyrick
Adelson Marlatt Paddack Reynolds
NOT VOTING: 0
HOUSE BILL 1953
Call Your Senators
Say “NO” to HB1953
Call your senators immediately and ask them to vote NO on HB 1953, a bill creating the Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund, amending title 62.
This bill concentrates power and authority in the executive branch and the director of the Dept. of Commerce; it creates what in the public mind is a “slush fund.” This bill opens the door for possible misuse of funds by both the Governor/director and the chosen recipient.
HB 1953 creates the Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund in the State Treasury for use by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC). Monies in the Closing Fund are to be used for economic development, specifically in situations in which spending these funds would likely be the determining factor in locating or retaining a high-impact business project or facility in Oklahoma. The Director of ODOC may recommend expenditures from the Closing Fund after analysis specific economic benefit factors outlined in the measure. After approval by the Governor, in consultation with the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, ODOC may enter into agreement establishing conditions for payment from the Closing Fund.
Senator John Sparks plans to submit an amendment tomorrow that will improve the bill modestly, if it can’t be defeated. If we use public funds to entice a business to move here, at least the company shouldn’t be allowed to turn right around and make big campaign contributions with the money they got from our taxpayers.
Senate Directory HERE
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