Action Alert courtesy of OK-Safe, Inc.
Kudos to researcher Kaye Beach, at AxXiom for Liberty, who found the letter a big-government special interest group sent to Governor Brad Henry on April 26, 2010 asking him to veto HB 2569. Richard Chace, CEO of SIA (Security Industry Association, headquartered in Alexandria, VA), believes that what the people of Oklahoma want shouldn’t interfere with the interests of their international members. Big-government lobbyist Jim Dunlap represents HID Global, a member of SIA. Dunlap is the same lobbyist who worked to amend HB 2569 to allow for RFID tracking tags in the OK DL/ID cards. Neither SIA or HID Global are located in OK, which demonstrates the fact that outside interest groups can dictate which legislation get passed or not in Oklahoma.
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft rallying support for a 2nd attempt to override the Governor’s veto of HB 2569.
Calls/Emails/Visits needed to those listed below – they work!
Contact these 13 legislators who did not participate in this vote and ask for a Yes vote on a 2nd veto override vote on HB 2569:
- Neil Brannon – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7413
- Mike Brown – email@example.com 1-405-557-7408
- John Carey – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7366
- Lee Denney – email@example.com 1-405-557-7304 (says she will vote yes)
- Wes Hilliard – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7412
- Chuck Hoskin -email@example.com 1-405-557-7319
- Scott Inman – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7370
- Danny Morgan – email@example.com 1-405-557-7368
- Richard Morrissette – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7404
- Bill Nations – email@example.com 1-405-557-7323
- Mike Shelton – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7367 (walked vote)
- John Trebilcock – email@example.com 1-405-557-7362 (says he will vote yes)
- Purcy Walker – firstname.lastname@example.org 1-405-557-7311
OK House Toll Free Number: 1-800-522-8502.
Direct Dial: 1-405-521-2711
The attempted override of Governor Brad Henry’s veto of HB 2569 failed in the OK House on 5/11/10.
HB 2569, a very popular bill by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of the House and Sen. Dan Newberry of the Senate, prohibits “the imbedding, affixing, adhering, or assigning of a radio frequency identification tag (RFID) or RFID-type ink into or onto the OK drivers license or state-issued ID cards.”
Due to the emergency clause attached to the bill, a 75% majority is needed for a veto override, rather than the normal 2/3 majority.
The vote, held early in last Tuesday’s session, failed by a vote of 69 Yes to 19 Nay; 13 House members were ‘Excused’.
Several legislators debated for the override, with division, unfortunately, falling along party lines, thanks to the lobbying effort by the Governor to the Democrat caucus, making the override vote a political issue rather than a policy stand. [There is some talk that the big-government paid lobbyist who tried to amend HB 2569 to allow RFID tags also visited the governor on this bill.]
Not all Democrats followed the Pied Piper, however.
The following 8 Democrats took a position based on doing what is right vs. doing what is wrong – Rep. John Auffet, Rep. Dennis Bailey, Rep. Joe Dorman, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. R.C. Pruett, Rep. Seneca Scott, and Rep. Ben Sherrer. These 8 Democrats stood on principle and actually voted for the override.
Of the 13 ‘excused’ representatives who did not vote, by best calculations 2 were actually absent: Rep. John Carey and Rep. Chuck Hoskin (new baby).
The other 11 were somewhere in or near the chamber.
Of these 11, Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing) was in the Speaker’s office and so missed the vote. It is unclear where some of the others were.
By more than one witness account, Rep. Mike Shelton, (D-Oklahoma County), was actually in the Chambers during the vote but chose to not cast a vote. When the Chair reminded the House members that House rules state that all members present in the Chamber must cast a vote, Mike Shelton walked out. Who else ‘walked the vote’ is being checked by verifying the House attendance sheet, which is part of the official record.
Shelton, most will remember, is the same grandstanding legislator who attached an amendment to SB 2018, expanding the definition of a ‘criminal street gang’ to include:
“Criminal street gang” means any ongoing organization, association, or group of five or more persons including, but not limited to, the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Brotherhood and any independent military organization that is neither recognized nor authorized by the Commander in Chief of the Militia for the State of Oklahoma…
SB 2018, with the dangerous Shelton amendment, passed the House in April 98-1, with Rep. Charles Key being the lone NO vote.
Just in time to coincide with sensation-seeking MSNBC’s creation of ‘militia-madness-month,’ to boost ratings for their April 19th ’special’ on the Timothy McVeigh Tapes.
Thankfully, the OK Senate rejected the Shelton amendment. SB 2018 is pending somewhere in a conference committee process. (Link to Status of Measure: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/WebBillStatus/main.html)
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft is rallying support for another attempt at a veto override on HB 2569, a bill very important to the people of Oklahoma. Call the above legislators and ask for their support for a veto override.
Pray for an end to politics ‘as usual’ and for principled statesmen to arise in the Oklahoma Legislature to override the veto of HB 2569.
Prohibiting RFID tracking tags in our drivers license is neither an R or D issue – it is an Oklahoma issue.
Governor Brad Henry contact information:
- Direct: 1-405-521-2342
- Toll Free: 1-800-865-5853
- Fax: 1-405-521-3352
- Email: Follow this link to send a message to Gov. Henry -http://www.governor.state.ok.us/message.php
Diligence is always necessary in preserving liberty. Once successfully overridden in the House, calls will be needed in the Senate for that same override vote.
Thank you very much for your help with this urgent matter