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Stop Reckless Lawmaking-Morgan’s HB 1316

Where is the emergency?

Kaye Beach

March 15, 2011

Rep. Morgan’s bill, HB 1316, banning texting while driving is scheduled to be heard on the House Floor.

Please call your Reps and tell them to vote NO on HB 1316

House Switchboard: (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502

Find your Representative’s email address: http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/Default.aspx (Unsure who your Representative is?  Click here and fill out the form in the lower left corner of the page.)

We should not support this bill because it is simply poor lawmaking.  Read more about why in Oklahoma Legislative Lu Lu’s

The major problems with HB 1316:

HB 1316 is not necessary.  There are already several laws on the books that already cover distracted driving.

  • Minors are already prohibited by law from using their cell phone while driving.
  • Oklahoma law mandates that every driver give full attention to the act of driving
  • Oklahoma law allows law enforcement officers to stop and cite (100 dollar fine) inattentive drivers not limited to the source of the distraction.

HB 1316 is not enforceable and will burden law enforcement

“The bottom line is, we had enough laws on the books to handle the results of bad driving from text messaging, eating a burger or changing the radio station anyway,” Cook said. “And to just keep enumerating new distractions to outlaw don’t really give us any new tools.” –State Police Sgt. Lance Cook, a former traffic law expert 
link

Law enforcement would be asked to enforce this law while being denied the legal and technological tools necessary to do so. According to law enforcement:

  • The only way to prove that a person was texting while driving is by accessing the data on the cell phone.
  • Without there being some crime committed, officers do not have probable cause to access that data.

Transportation Sec Ray Lahood suggests  “Maybe the police could take the phone when they stop you and see if you were texting,” link

30 states have passed laws specifically banning texting while driving and police are complaining that they have written few if any tickets because law is very hard to enforce.  What police say they are doing instead is issuing tickets for distracted driving, a law that was already in effect before the texting ban was issued. Link.

HB 1316 is incomplete.

  • It will require future additional measures to be implemented in order for law enforcement to have the ability to actually enforce HB 1316 should it become law.

Here is the kind of thinking that knows no limits and produces bills like HB 1316;

“You almost have to put it out of control of the driver,” Rockefeller said. He said there needs to be “some kind of technology the FCC could come up with next week so as soon as you enter your car, texting will be disabled by some electronic impulse. I don’t know how else it gets done.”
This is do-gooder tyranny!  What will they protect us from next?

Fueled by incidents of distracted people stepping — or cycling — smack into vehicular traffic, the legislation would restrict or ban non-motorists from operating their mobile devices while navigating streets. link

 


Oklahoma 2011 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

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Calls needed! HB 2130 HUB, Health Care Exchanges

March 14, 2011

Currently, HB 2130 by Steele, is a key piece of enabling legislation dealing with the HUB board and the development of the Health Insurance Exchanges.  HB 2130 removes the Insurance Commissioner from oversight of the exchange and puts in place Dr. Terry Cline, OK Sec. of Health and Human Services, appointed by Gov. Fallin.

To recap:

On Friday, Feburary 25, 2011 OK Governor Mary Fallin issued a press release announcing “Oklahoma Will Accept $54 M “Early Innovator Grant” to Support Oklahoma-Based Health Insurance Exchange.”

Noticeably missing from the announcement is the fact that the “Early Innovators” grants are to fund implementation of the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure needed to operate Health Insurance Exchanges, a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.”  More

OK Republicans Implementing “Obama Care”

Exchanges – Cornerstone of the PPACA

The creation of Health Insurance Exchanges is a cornerstone of  PPACA (ObamaCare), without which there would be no socialized health care plan.  The plan requires an IT infrastructure to be in place in order to function.  No Exchanges, no ObamaCare.

Read more

OK2A has this to say about HB 2130:

HB2130
This is not a gun bill, but it has implications of which gun owners need to be aware. This bill implements sections of ObamaCare in Oklahoma. The people of this state voted overwhelmingly last year to opt out of ObamaCare, which contains several provisions that are nothing more than backdoor attempts to register guns and gun owners. Not to mention, there are several provisions which would infringe upon the God-given Second Amendment rights of certain individuals.

HB2130 would implement the insurance exchanges that are provided for in ObamaCare. The talking points of proponents of this bill include claims that the Heritage Foundation said that these exchanges are okay. If that is true, perhaps we need to rethink whether we should listen to anything the Heritage Foundation says. The bill would also take control of the exchanges away from the elected State Insurance Commissioner and give it to an appointed bureaucrat that does not answer to the people of the state. It is a bad bill and needs to be defeated. Please call or email your Representative and remind them that we voted against ObamaCare last year and that you expect them to vote this measure down.

House contact information:
House Switchboard: (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502

Find your Representative’s email address: http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/Default.aspx

Unsure who your Representative is? Go to http://www.okhouse.gov/ and fill out the form in the lower left corner of the page.

 

HB 2130 is likely to be heard on the House floor tomorrow.  Please call your representatives and tell them NO means NO!

They should vote NO!

Oklahoma Legislators Contact Information 

Info/Contacts:
OK House Members 2011-12 – Click here.
OK Senate Members 2011-12 – Click here.

The Oklahoma Legislature website: www.lsb.state.ok.us/
The OK State Court Network: www.oscn.net

Legislative Lu Lu Alert! Texting Ban Bill goes to Committee Wed March 3rd

Kaye Beach

Feb 28, 2011

Rep. Morgan’s bill, HB 1316, banning texting while driving will be heard in the Public Safety Committee on Wed. March 3 at 10:30 am at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Room 432A. (Located on the 4th floor of the OK. State Capitol)

Committee meetings are open to the public and present a very good opportunity to see lawmaking in action. (Be warned-the old adage about watching the sausage making does apply!)

We should not support this bill because it is simply poor lawmaking.  Read more about why in Oklahoma Legislative Lu Lu’s

The major problems with HB 1316:

Question? Do we need a law that would make it illegal NOT to read a newspaper while driving?  I’m sure you probably saw someone doing it, and I assure you, it is illegal.  You see, there are already laws against driving while distracted.

HB 1316 is not necessary.  There are already several laws on the books that already cover distracted driving.

  • Minors are already prohibited by law from using their cell phone while driving.
  • Oklahoma law mandates that every driver give full attention to the act of driving
  • Oklahoma law allows law enforcement officers to stop and cite (100 dollar fine) inattentive drivers not limited to the source of the distraction.

HB 1316 is not enforceable and will burden law enforcement

“The bottom line is, we had enough laws on the books to handle the results of bad driving from text messaging, eating a burger or changing the radio station anyway,” Cook said. “And to just keep enumerating new distractions to outlaw don’t really give us any new tools.” link

Law enforcement would be asked to enforce this law while being denied the legal and technological tools necessary to do so. According to law enforcement:

  • The only way to prove that a person was texting while driving is by accessing the data on the cell phone.
  • Without there being some crime committed, officers do not have probable cause to access that data.

30 states have passed laws specifically banning texting while driving and police are complaining that they have written few if any tickets because law is very hard to enforce.  What police say they are doing instead is issuing tickets for distracted driving, a law that was already in effect before the texting ban was issued. Link.

HB 1316 is incomplete.

  • It will require future additional measures to be implemented in order for law enforcement to have the ability to actually enforce HB 1316 should it become law.
  • The additional measures it will take to make HB 1316 a viable law open up a whole other legal can of worms relating to the Fourth Amendment which protects us from unreasonable search and seizure.

In a nutshell, HB 1316 is a cure that is worse than the disease!

HB 1316 is a bad bill.  Please contact the members of the Public Safety Committee and let them know that they should vote NO on HB 1316.

The Members of the Public Safety Committee

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.cannaday@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

Here is the entire agenda for the Public Safety Committee meeting on Wed.

When: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 10:30 AM
Where: ROOM 432A
Agenda:
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. HB1061 – Motor vehicles; use of flashing red and blue lights – Sanders*
3. HB1229 – Motor vehicles; escort vehicle requirement – Ownbey*
4. HB1235 – Adding pseudoephedrine to Schedule III – Sherrer*
5. HB1255 – Authorizing United States Attorneys to carry firearm under certain circumstances – Rousselot*
6. HB1316 – Motor vehicles; using electronic communication devices while driving – Morgan, Tibbs, Brown, Cannaday, Condit, Denney, Glenn, Liebmann, McDaniel (Jeannie), Pittman, Shumate*
7. HB1352 – Death investigation; next of kin request cause of death – McAffrey*
8. HB1485 – Commissioner of Public Safety attempt to negotiate certain compacts – Roberts (Dustin), Blackwell*
9. HB1637 – Clarifying procedure for serving arrest warrant – Ortega*
10. HB1652 – Concealed handguns; deleting technology center schools from list of prohibited places – Enns*
11. HB1690 – Clarifying who may carry firearms – Russ*
12. HB1796 – Legislative referendum; open carry of firearms – Tibbs*
13. HB1797 – Motor vehicles; commercial driver licenses – Tibbs*
14. HB1849 – Prompt death investigations – Blackwell*
15. HB2087 – Crimes and punishments; concealed carry on college campuses – Terrill*
16. HB2120 – Modifying Corporation Commission duties – Hickman*
17. Other business and adjournment

Oklahoma Committee Dictators Tibbs, Barrington Deny Hearing for Open Carry Bills

Kaye Beach

Feb 21, 2011

Time for some phone calls!

I don’t know about you but I am wishing that our lawmakers would have done the right thing by reinstating the open government rule at the start of session when it was offered.  These bills are only a couple of MANY bills that are smothered before they get the chance for a fair assessment.

53 Oklahoma legislators voted against the open government amendment but a special prize has to go to the ones that changed their vote under pressure.

The flippers included freshman* Rusty Farley, as well as Don ArmesJohn Enns, Mike Jackson, Charlie JoynerJason Nelson, T.W. Shannon, Todd Thomsen, and Colby Schwartz.  Excused during this vote were Seneca Scott, Purcy Walker, Leslie Osborn, Jerry Shoemake and Sue Tibbs.

Now-about those Second Amendment bills….

From OK2A

Open Carry In Trouble

Rep. Sue Tibbs, chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, and Sen. Don Barrington, chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, have both decided to deny a hearing for Open Carry in Oklahoma.  It looks like this session will be more of the same.  That is unacceptable.

This week, OK2A and other conservative groups will be working to force leadership to listen to the people and stop holding up good Second Amendment legislation.

But we need you to make phone calls and send emails to Rep. Tibbs and Speaker Steele and to Senator Barrington and the Senate President Pro Tempore Bingman.  Please tell them that Oklahoma needs to be an Open Carry state.

Sue Tibbs

Room 303-A
(405) 557-7379
Legislative Assistant:Vickie Thomas

(405) 521-2711 Ext. 127

District Address:
10902 E. 28th Street

Tulsa, OK 74129-7603
(918) 663-3915

Capitol Address
District Address
Senator Don Barrington
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 515
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405.521.5563
barrington@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Sandra Shelton
4506 N.E. Highlander Cr.
Lawton, OK 73507

Even liberal states like California, Massachusetts, and Washington have open carry laws.  There is no excuse for Oklahoma to not be an Open Carry state, yet we are one of only seven states to infringe upon this Constitutionally protected right.  Perhaps our elected officials need to be reminded that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution says, “…The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  The Second Amendment restriction against government infringement of the people’s right applies to all levels of government, including our state legislature.  Please call or email the people listed below and tell them to make Oklahoma an Open Carry state.  Also, please forward this email to anyone you know who is a supporter of the Second Amendment and ask them to do the same.

Speaker Steele:  (405) 557-7345 or krissteele@okhouse.gov

Representative Tibbs:  (405) 557-7379 or suetibbs@okhouse.gov

Your Representative:   the House Switchboard number is (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502  – if you are unsure who your Representative is you can find out at www.lsb.state.ok.us.  If you know who your Representative is and want to find his or her direct line or email address, you may find it at this link, as well.

Senate President Pro Tempore Bingman:  (405) 521-5528 or birngman@oksenate.gov

Senator Barrington:  (405) 521-5563 or barrington@oksenate.gov

Your Senator:  the Senate Switchboard number is (405) 524-0126 – if you are unsure who your Senator is you can find out at www.lsb.state.ok.us.  If you know who your Senator is and want to find his or her direct line or email address, you may find it at this link, as well.

OK2A Alert Feb 7, 2011

Open Government Rule

Monday, as the 2011 legislative session begins, the State House will adopt rules that will govern their operations for the next two years.  One resolution that will be offered Monday, HR1004, is essential for the success of the liberty agenda.  HR1004 would require that bills be given a fair hearing both in committee and on the floor of the House.  You may remember, last year Rep. Sue Tibbs, as the chair of the House Public Safety Committee, held up several pro-Second Amendment bills.  She alone had the power to decide the fate of bills assigned to the committee she chaired.  Without this rules change, this year will just be more of the same.  Please call or email your Representative immediately and ask them to vote for HR1004HR1004 will be heard today sometime shortly after noon.  Please call or email this morning and tell your Representative that you expect them to support HR1004.

The House switchboard number is (405) 521-2711 or (800) 522-8502.  The switchboard operator will transfer you to your Representative’s office.  If you want to look up their direct line, you may do so on the House website.  If you are unsure who your Representative is, you can click the “Find My Representative” link on the left side of the House Home Page.  If you would like to read HR1004, you may download it here.  For more information, you may contact OK2A at (918) 844-4243 or at info@ok2a.org.

HJR 1054 Healthcare Freedom of Choice Act Needs Calls to the Senate!

Action Alert Courtesy of OKforTea

After numerous procedural attempts to block a vote, House Joint Resolution 1054 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 71-27 vote today and now proceeds to the Senate.

House Joint Resolution 1054, by state Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow), state Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso), and state Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City), amends Oklahoma law to allow citizens to opt-out of the new federal system and retain their current coverage. Another provision will allow the Legislature to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care mandates.

We need to now call, email and fax all Senators to encourage to vote YES! on HJR1054.

Senate Toll Free: 1-800-865-6490, Direct: 1-405-524-0126
To Find Your Senator go to www.lsb.state.ok.us/
Senators:
1. Tom Adelson,  1-405-521-5551,   adelson@oksenate.gov
2. Cliff Aldridge, 1-405-521-5584, aldridge@oksenate.gov
3. Patrick Anderson, 1-405-521-5630, anderson@oksenate.gov
4. Roger Ballenger, 1-405-521-5588, ballenger@oksenate.gov
5. Don Barrington, 1-405-521-5563, barrington@oksenate.gov
6. Don Bass, 1-405-521-5587, bass@oksenate.gov
7. Brian Bingman, 1-405-521-5528, bingman@oksenate.gov
8. Cliff Branan, 1-405-521-5543, branan@oksenate.gov
9. Randy Brogdon, 1-405-521-5566, brogdon@oksenate.gov
10. Bill Brown, 1-405-521-5602, brownb@oksenate.gov
11. Sean Burrage, 1-405-521-5555, burrage@oksenate.gov
12. Harry Coates, 1-405-521-5547, coates@oksenate.gov
13. Glenn Coffee, 1-405-521-5799, coffee@oksenate.gov
14. Kenneth Corn, 1-405-521-5576, cochran@oksenate.gov
15. Brian Crain, 1-405-521-5620. crain@oksenate.gov
16. Johnnie Crutchfield, 1-405-521-5607, bigger@oksenate.gov
17. Mary Easely, 1-405-521-5590, easely@oksenate.gov
18. Judy Eason-McIntyre, 1-405-521-5598, easonmcintyre@oksenate.gov
19. Jerry Ellis, 1-045-521-5614, ellis@oksenate.gov
20. John ford, 1-405-521-5564, fordj@oksenate.gov
21. Earl Garrison, 1-405-521-5333, garrisone@oksenate.gov
22. Jay Paul Gumm, 1-405-521-5586, gumm@oksenate.gov
23. Jim Halligan, 1-405-521-5572, halligan@oksenate.gov
24. Tom Ivester, 1-405-521-5545, ivester@oksenate.gov
25. Constance Johnson, 1-405-521-5531, johnsonc@oksenate.gov
26. Mike Johnson, 1-405-521-5592, johnsonm@oksenate.gov
27. Clark Jolley, 1-405-521-5622, jolley@oksenate.gov
28. Ron Justice, 1-405-521-5537, justice@oksenate.gov
29. Todd Lamb, 1-405-521-5632, lamb@oksenate.gov
30. Charlie Laster, 1-405-521-5539, laster@oksenate.gov
31. Debbe Leftwich, 1-405-521-5557, leftwich@oksenate.gov
32. Richard Lerblance, 1-405-521-5604, lerblance@oksenate.gov
33. Bryce Marlatt, 1-405-521-5626, marlatt@oksenate.gov
34. Mike Mazzei, 1-405-521-5675, mazzei@oksenate.gov
35. David Myers, 1-405-521-5628, ingraham@oksenate.gov
36. Dan Newberry, 1-405-521-5600, newberry@oksenate.gov
37. Jonathan Nichols, 1-405-521-5535, nichols@oksenate.gov
38. Susan Paddack, 1-405-521-5541, paddack@oksenate.gov
39. Jim Reynolds, 1-405-521-5522, reynolds@oksenate.gov
40. Andrew Rice, 1-405-521-5610, rice@oksenate.gov
41. Steve Russell, 1-405-521-5618, russell@oksenate.gov
42. Mike Schulz, 1-405-521-5612, schulz@oksenate.gov
43. John Sparks, 1-405-521-5553, sparks@oksenate.gov
44. Gary Stanislawski, 1-405-521-5624, stanislawski@oksenate.gov
45. Joe Sweeden, 1-405-521-5581, sweeden@oksenate.gov
46. Anthony Sykes, 1-405-521-5569, sykes@oksenate.gov
47. Jim Wilson, 1-405-521-5574, wilson@oksenate.gov
48. Charles Wyrick, 1-405-521-5561, wyrick@oksenate.gov
Copy and past into your email under bbc to send one email to each of them:
adelson@oksenate.gov, aldridge@oksenate.gov, anderson@oksenate.gov, ballenger@oksenate.gov, barrington@oksenate.gov, bass@oksenate.gov, bingman@oksenate.gov, branan@oksenate.gov, brogdon@oksenate.gov, brownb@oksenate.gov, burrage@oksenate.gov, coates@oksenate.gov, coffee@oksenate.gov, cochran@oksenate.gov, Crain@oksenate.gov, bigger@oksenate.gov, easely@oksenate.gov, easonmcintyre@oksenate.gov, ellis@oksenate.gov, fordj@oksenate.gov, garrisone@oksenate.gov, gumm@oksenate.gov, halligan@oksenate.gov, ivester@oksenate.gov, johnsonc@oksenate.gov, johnsonm@oksenate.gov, jolley@oksenate.gov, justice@oksenate.gov, lamb@oksenate.gov, laster@oksenate.gov, leftwich@oksenate.gov, lerblance@oksenate.gov, marlatt@oksenate.gov, mazzei@oksenate.gov, ingraham@oksenate.gov, newberry@oksenate.gov, nichols@oksenate.gov, paddack@oksenate.gov, reynolds@oksenate.gov, rice@oksenate.gov, russell@oksenate.gov, schulz@oksenate.gov, sparks@oksenate.gov, stanislawski@oksenate.gov, sweeden@oksenate.gov, sykes@oksenate.gov, wilson@oksenate.gov, wyrick@oksenate.gov
You know what to do … let your voice be heard!


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Vote On Right to Carry Coming Up Soon

Vote on Right to Carry Coming Soon
— Please urge your Senators to vote YES!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A vote to protect your right to travel out-of-state with a firearm could come to a vote next week — even as early as Monday!

Senators John Thune and David Vitter are the sponsors of S. 845 — a bill that will establish concealed carry reciprocity amongst the several states.

Senators Thune and Vitter offered the bill as an amendment (#1618) to the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2647).

This provision will use the constitutional authority allowing Congress to enforce “full faith and credit” across the country, so that each state respects the “public acts, records, and judicial proceedings” of every other state (Article IV). 

The benefit of the Thune/Vitter legislation is that — unlike other, competing measures — it would protect the right of any U.S. citizen to carry out of state (regardless of whether he possesses a permit), as long as he is authorized to carry in his home state.  This is important because of states like Vermont and Alaska, where residents can carry concealed without prior approval or permission from the state… in other words, without a permit!

ACTION:  Please urge your Senators to vote YES on the Thune/Vitter concealed carry reciprocity amendment that will be offered to the Department of Defense authorization bill and NO on any modifying amendments.  This vote could come as early as Monday, so please act on this right away!

You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send your Senators the pre-written e-mail message below.

http://gunowners.org/a071709.htm