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Oklahoma Property Rights Protection Bill or Property Rights Destruction Bill?


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Kaye Beach

May 1, 2014

As promised from the start, HB 2620 which is supposed to prohibit cities from mandating vacant property fees and registration, and HB 3363 which defines “abandoned buildings” as a public nuisance, have been combined. The title for the new version of HB 2620 remains “Protect Property Rights Act”  (Call me cynical but such titles of bills always make me think “PATRIOT ACT”)

There are some grave issues with this measure but for now I am only going to address the first portion.  (I will post the about the rest of it before this weekend in over)

The reasoning for merging the registry ‘ban’ bill (HB2620)  with the abandoned property definition bill (HB3363) is so that owners of property with ‘bad’ vacancies CAN be targeted, forced to register and accrue a variety of fines and fees which if not paid will result in a lien being placed on their property.

Both bills were passed by the House and sent to the Senate (Hb3363 with title off) HB3363 was not heard in the Senate but was combined with HB 2620 after the bill was passed by the senate.

What we have now is a mess that is due to be heard in the House General Government Conference Committee  next week.  I am almost certain that our legislators will not pass this monster of a bill in anything resembling its current state but you never know….and I am concerned enough about it that I am going to begin squalling now rather than taking the ‘hide and watch’ approach and end possibly up regretting that later on.

The first portion of the committee substitute for HB2620 is supposed to prohibit municipalities from implementing mandatory fees and registries for real property.  Rep. Steve Martin, the House author,  says he wants to  protect property owners from onerous and expensive city mandates such as the recent OKC vacant property registration ordinance which he feels goes too far.

Residential properties that are vacant for 30 days must register the property with the city.  If your property is,  at a minimum, 1. vacant  and 2. water and electric has been shut off for more than 60 days, you are required to pay a $285 fee and an annual renewal fee of $190.  It doesn’t matter if the building is entirely up to code.  If those two conditions apply, your property is designated a “vacant property” that requires you to pay for some special attention from the city government.  Read more about OKC’s new vacant property registry here

I agree with the House author of HB 2620 that state intervention in municipal actions that violate city residents’ right’s is appropriate.  However, it is doubtful that the current language will survive to passage of the bill.

For one thing, it is too broad. As currently written this measure would not only nullify all existing vacant property registries and fees but also other existing registries such as for storm shelters which allows rescuers to find and search all shelters in the aftermath of a disaster. Not only will the cities vehemently oppose such a measure, citizens might as well.  Whether or not you agree with the premise that there should be no mandatory registries of real property, understand that the bill is not likely to survive to address the stated goal of halting vacant property registries when written this broadly.

More concerning than what may appear to be merely a stubborn stance on principle (which I usually don’t criticize) is that numerous statements made by the bill’s authors clearly indicates that they do not really oppose all “registration of real property” as the bill states but simply mandatory registration of otherwise perfectly maintained property that happens to also be vacant.

‘Treat also sponsored House Bill 3363, which defines abandoned buildings and how they should be handled by a city. He said he could merge the two bills to help better define what is an abandoned or vacant building. Treat also said Oklahoma City’s fee requirement will not reach those it is intended for – improper property owners’ Link

Its going to be a real trick to separate these proper and “improper” owners, I’m afraid.  In fact, it will be impossible to pass such a measure that will not inevitably harm what you and I might classify as good property owners.

When you consider the fact that state law already allows for the city to deal with “improper” property owners which are those whose use or neglect of their property harms the general right of others, you might wonder what it is we are missing here.   Protecting our rights is precisely the purpose of government in the first place and they are well-seasoned to the task.  City government has broad police power to intervene anytime the rights its residents are threatened furthermore, city governments in this state also have specific statutory authority abate common public nuisances. (See Title 11 )  So what problem do we have that is so new and extraordinary that we need to grant cities some brand new powers?

I don’t agree that some vacant property registries are necessary or proper and think It would be a grave mistake for the state legislature to further burden  property owners with such registries or fees at all.   

Registration is not necessary as cities already know where the problem properties are and how to contact the owners. For example, this is from a 2013 City of Norman Council Oversight Meeting where the issue of a vacant property registration was discussed.

‘Ms. Leah Messner, Assistant City Attorney said locating the property owners is not an issue’

It is important to note that city, state and federal properties are exempt from enforcement of such city ordinances. Government properties (even the ones that may have been taken fro you for being an ‘improper’ owner) can sit happily vacant for as long as the government wants them to with no penalty.  As noted by the Norman assistant City Attorney, banks can be exempt and the outcome of recent federal lawsuit indicates that federal mortgage holders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are also exempt from such city ordinances.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Exempt From Chicago Vacant Building Ordinance

 However, there are no exemptions for the average property owner or financially struggling individuals.  When the Norman Assistant City Attorney was asked if there were any exemptions from a vacant property registry and the attendant fees for low-income property owners her answer was simply “No

It is easy to see why property owners might feel that vacant and abandoned property programs are open to abuse and possibly a racket that will result in an even greater transfer of wealth from the ordinary citizen to government and their cronies.  In fact, in cities across the nation where vacant and abandoned property programs like the one Oklahoma City is apparently embarking on,  are well advanced, there is plenty of evidence that such fears are complete warranted.

Here is what I’m afraid might happen;  if the HB 2620 is amended at some point prior to final passage to protect only perfectly pristine vacant properties  registration and fees wouldn’t it also, by omission, bless city ordinances to mandate registration of any other vacant properties?  This would end up being a case of the exception that swallows the rule.

I guess the question is do you support subjecting property owners (except for the government and big banksters) to more bureaucracy, fines, fees and risk of having their property taken?  Do we have a right to own property that is vacant?

If you think we do have the right to really own our private property then you might want to encourage the members of the  General Government Conference Committee  to be careful and not allow HB2620 to be amended to turn a what is supposed to be a property rights protection measure into a property rights destruction law.

All vacant property registries should be prohibited.

The rest of the measure is an utter nightmare and deserves it own separate post which will go up sometime this weekend.


Okla. Stop HB2904! Would classify e-cigarettes as tobacco product, lead to higher taxation


Kaye Beach

Feb. 25, 2014

Oklahoma Vapors phone calls, emails needed today to stop HB 2904

HB 2904 is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary committee today at 3PM.

HB 2904 by Rep. Ownbey would define electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product opening the door to higher taxation on vapor products.

Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee members and ask them to please vote NO on HB 2904!

Tell them to keep lifesaving vapor products accessible and affordable for smokers.  (Copy and paste email addresses below)

Vaping is NOT smoking and vapor products should not be treated like tobacco cigarettes

Here is my email to House Judiciary committee members:

Dear Representative,

I am a 30 year, pack a day smoker.  I have failed at every attempt to quit until I tried a personal vaporizing device.  I have not touched a cigarette in over six weeks.  I consider this technology to be a literal lifesaver for myself and other smokers.

HB2904 opens the door to higher taxation on electronic cigarettes.  This is wrong! We should keep vapor products accessible and affordable for smokers so that more people may improve their health and longevity.  Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco and are estimated to be 99% safer than smoking.

Please vote NO on HB 2904!

You can call House Judiciary Committee members at House Switchboard 800-522-8502 and 800-522-8506.  (Just ask for the Representative you wish to speak to and the operator will connect you)

Chair Rep. Osborn, Leslie 

Vice Chair Rep. Stiles, Aaron

or Email them in one blast by copying and pasting the emails below.

House Judiciary Committee Members:
leslie.osborn@okhouse.gov; aaron.stiles@okhouse.gov;  ; scott.biggs@okhouse.gov; jon.echols@okhouse.gov; randy.grau@okhouse.gov; scott.inman@okhouse.gov; dennis.johnson@okhouse.gov; fred.jordan@okhouse.gov; stevemartin@okhouse.gov; charles.mccall@okhouse.gov; mark.mccullough@okhouse.gov; richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov; tom.newell@okhouse.gov; bensherrer@okhouse.gov; emily.virgin@okhouse.gov ; cory.williams@okhouse.gov

Steve Martins Robo Plate Trolling Bill for Insurance Verification Curbed by Amendment

Kaye Beach

March 15, 2012

**update** video of House floor action on HB2525 here (choose HB2525)

Sometimes (like when you have the flu…) you really feel thankful for the work of the Oklahoma Watchdog.

Catching up on today’s legislative action in the House as hammered out by the Oklahoma Watchdog himself on Twitter, I found an intriguing description (all in 140 character or less!) of the action taken on the infamous Robo Cop bill by Rep. Steve Martin.

Of course this caught my eye first;

‘HB 2525 by Rep. Steve Martin passed tonight’

Ack!  But wait…there’s more.

It looks like Reynolds added an amendment that ensures that cops can’t just sit around running tags (manually or robotic-ally with the license plate reading cams) and checking to see if the vehicle is insured or not then pulling you over if the system indicates you are not insured.  There has to be some other reason for a stop first.

This ‘trolling’ of plates as a pretense for stopping and fining drivers is what had some Okies inflamed back in Feb. when the bill was first offered by Rep. Martin.

The video for this session is not up yet so I will have to check back tomorrow to be sure but from looking over the bill and amendments it does appear that the “trolling for plates” idea was sent to the curb by Rep. Reynolds!

As reported by the Oklahoma Watchdog on twitter   https://twitter.com/#!/WatchdogOK

  • now up, HB2525 by Steve Martin
  • Martin: one in four motorists are uninsured and law enforcement will need more tools to deal with this.
  • Williams asking if the Martin amendment is a floor substitute because he said “it replaces the bill”
  • Chair: it only amends one section, so it is not a floor substitute

(Martin’s Amendment here)

  • Reynolds amendment: this amendment requires probable cause before an officer can pull you over.

(Reynold’s Amendment here)

Reynold’s Amendment;

By deleting the language in the amendment

b.   at any other time, may access information from the online verification system and, if compliance is not confirmed, stop the operator of the motor vehicle and verify the current validity of the policy described on a security verification form produced by the operator.

And inserting

b.   at any other time, with probable cause, may access information from the online verification system and, if compliance is not confirmed, stop the operator of the motor vehicle and verify the current validity of the policy described on a security verification form produced by the operator.

  • Morrissette: what you’re trying to do is good, but I think it’s written incorrectly
  • Reynolds: you may be right but since I don’t even think we have enough members to suspend the rules I think we should go forward with this.
    • Virgin: so the officer must have probable cause to pull a driver over before checking insurance? Reynolds: yes. (Emphasis mine)
    • There will be debate on the Reynolds amendment to the Martin amendment.
    • My amendment ensures that the bill does what the author says he intends.
    • Reynolds amendment to the Martin amendment passes 39-25(Emphasis mine)
    • martin amendment adopted by voice vote.
    • McCullough: seems like you’re trying to create probable cause by checking the tag to see if there’s insurance(Emphasis mine)
    • Martin: that was the intent but with the Reynolds language it’s now back to existing law.
    • Holland: I just want to make sure that as it stands now, can a police officer run your plate and pull you over for not having insurance? (Emphasis mine)
    • Martin: under current law they cannot and under this bill they cannot. (Emphasis mine)
    • HB2525 passes 56-11

Oklahoma Anti-RFID Bill Meets Trouble with Rep. Steve Martin and Rep. Sue Tibbs

Kaye Beach

Feb 16, 2011

Our privacy will once again lose to these shenanigans.

HB1399 by Rep Wesselhoft would simply prohibit the use of RFID tracking devices in our state driver’s licenses and ID cards.

This is the third time that this very simple and very popular bill has been run in the Oklahoma state legislature.  The first time it passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate only to be killed by Governor Brad Henry after a love letter from a powerful industry lobbyist.  (See  Meet the Chippers 2010 )People in Oklahoma from the Right to the Left supported this bill, our legislators supported this bill but the industry lobbyists had the final say.

Last session the heads of the Public Safety Committee just outright killed the bill and this session it appears that Rep. Steve “Robo Cop” Martin  is using the same old dirty lobbyists tricks to destroy the anti-RFID bill that we saw attempted in the first session the bill was run.  Rep. Sue “Big Momma Gov. Tibbs promises to kill the bill if the committee substitute that Rep. Martin has offered isn’t accepted.  (the amendment actually reverses the intent of HB1399)

From OK-SAFE posted Feb 16, 2012;

OK-SAFE Inc. – Evidence of the powerful RFID lobby in the Oklahoma Legislature, the bill prohibiting RFID tags in the OK drivers license will only be heard in committee if the author of the bill agrees to new language allowing RFID tags in the Oklahoma drivers license.

Rep. Steve Martin, vice-chair of the House Public Safety committee, has offered a proposed committee substitute for HB 1399, by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft.  Martin’s proposed language is a backdoor attempt to allow the state to imbed RFID tags in drivers licenses and state issued-identification cards, while limiting their use.

Currently, the state of Oklahoma does not allow RFID tags in their drivers licenses, despite the federal push to add them. (See prior post on this bill here and information on the REAL ID debacle here.)

If Wesselhoft refuses Martin’s new language, committee Chairman Rep. Sue Tibbs will not allow the bill a hearing.

Read more

Oklahoma Robo Cop Alert! Rep. Steve Martin’s HB 2525

Kaye Beach

**Update Feb 12, 2012-this bill passed the Public Safety Committee last Wed. Rep Martin says it has nothing to do with tag scanning cameras.  I’m placing bets (figuratively speaking) on how long it will be before insurance verification is added on to the ALPR cameras already on some of the police cars in the state.**

Feb, 4, 2011

And I thought I missed Groundhog Day.

I got this email alert  on HB 2525 by Rep Steve Martin from Oklahomans for Liberty tonight.

 HB 2525 will allow police to pull you over… Not because you are speeding, not because you are driving erratically, but to check and see if your auto insurance is expired.  Click here to read the bill.

In fact, it can be the PRIMARY reason you are pulled over

(pg 3, line 11)

Oklahomans for Liberty asks;

Rep. Martin, please explain how the police can determine my insurance isn’t current before they pull me over?  Do they have some newfangled x-ray device that can see through my car AND my wallet to read the date on my insurance card?

I can answer that.  No.  It’s not an x-ray device but it’s close and this where the ‘Robocop’ comes in.   It’s called ALPR-Automatic License Plate Reader, and these things are all the rage.

ALPRs are not ordinary cameras. Attached to police cruisers, or fixed on telephone poles or other stationary places, the cameras snap an image of nearly every license plate they encounter. The device produces a file for each image captured, which includes searchable text displaying the time, date and GPS location of the car when and where the plate was ‘read’. This information is fed into a database, where it can be shared with other agencies and databases, and “mined” or analyzed. Read more

ALPR, known not-so-affectionately in Oklahoma as Spy Cams, caused such an outrage across the state that one of only a handful of questions asked to gubernatorial candidates Jari Askins and Mary Fallin at their face off preceding the election was regarding their stance on the use of the devices.

And if this all smells vaguely familiar to you, it should because we have stepped in this pile before!

Back in 2010, HB 2331 by Steve Martin proposed to  amend Title 47 “to allow at-will random insurance verification via an online insurance verification system, without a traffic-stop or accident having occurred first; the bill further gives authority for law enforcement to then seize the vehicle if found to be uninsured.
Observation or verification can be conducted from a fixed location, i.e. from the roadside, or from a moving patrol car.  Oklahoma utilizes an online insurance verification system, which may or may not be accurate.” (from a 2010 OK-SAFE Action Alert)  Read more

HB 2331, the 2010 bill by Rep. Steve Martin, as introduced, required officers to seize the vehicle if a driver had not complied with the Compulsory Insurance law.

Upon issuing a citation under this paragraph, the law enforcement officer issuing the citation shall seize the vehicle being operated by the person

Confiscating property is a big deal and this bill took away the ability of an officer to use their good judgment.  I was outraged by Rep. Martins answer when he was asked if a woman and her children should be just left on the side of the road at night because of lack of insurance and he said absolutely-YES!

Martins 2010 bill, HB 2331 was  amended  and softened by replacing the word “shall” with “may.”   The bill passed both houses and was ultimately signed into law.

But back to Rep. Steve Martin’s current bill, HB2525.  Currently the insurance verification law reads;

Establishing compliance with the Compulsory Insurance Law through the online verification system shall not be the primary cause for law enforcement to stop a motor vehicle


If Rep. Martin’s new bill HB 2525  passes law enforcement will be able to drive around with their little spy cams mounted on their cars and scan every plate they pass.  Every time the spy cam alerts that a motorist does not have insurance the officer can promptly issue a ticket.  These tag scanning cameras (ALPR) can scan hundreds of tags per hour.  I predict that the time it takes to stop you and actually issue you a citation will soon be seen as an obstacle to the efficient revenue enhancement of the state and they will just mass mail the tickets out automatically before long.

By the way, these tag scanning devices can do a LOT more than just check for your insurance status.

Oklahomans for Liberty recommends (and I agree!) that we might want to talk to our legislators who are on the Public Safety Committee pronto because the bill goes to that committee this Wednesday, Feb 8th (Room 512A at 10:30 AM)

This bill is being heard Tuesday Wednesday morning so we need to call the members of the Public Safety Committee and urge them to vote no on HB 2525.  Here is the list of the committee members.  I urge you to contact as many as you can before Tuesday morning.

Representative Sue Tibbs, Chair  (405) 557-7379
Representative Steve Martin, Vice Chair  (405) 557-7402
Representative Ed Cannaday  (405) 557-7375
Representative Josh Cockroft  (405) 557-7349
Representative Doug Cox  (405) 557-7415
Representative Tommy Hardin  (405) 557-7383
Representative Chuck Hoskin  (405) 557-7319
Representative Fred Jordan  (405) 557-7331
Representative Charlie Joyner  (405) 557-7314
Representative Al McAffrey  (405) 557-7396
Representative Pat Ownbey  (405) 557-7326
Representative Pam Peterson  (405) 557-7341
Representative Brian Renegar  (405) 557-7381
Representative Paul Roan  (405) 557-7308
Representative Todd Thomsen  (405) 557-7336
Representative Steve Vaughan  (405) 557-7355

Oklahoma House Rules (still) Stink

Kaye Beach

May 18, 2011

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft bestowed his annual Skunk Master Award for 2011 to HR 1008, the very first measure voted on this session, addressing the rules. More specifically the award goes to the failure to accept the amendment offered to the rules that woulds have help to ensure a more fair and transparent legislative process.

This week, I am supporting a discharge petition that, if signed by 68 House members, would bring this much needed amendment back to the floor for a vote.  We are just days away from the end of session and I ask that everyone who would like to see our state legislature operate in a more open and fair manner, to please ask their state representatives to sign the discharge petition. (if you don’t know who your representative is, click here)

So far these Representatives have firmly  declined to sign the open government rule discharge petition;

Josh Cockroft
Ann Coody
Doug Cox
Charie Joyner
Steve Martin
Guy Liebmann
Charles Ortega
Steve Vaughan

Phil Richardson

(See, Our State Legislature is Broken! Restoring Representative Government – Mon-Wed this week )

HR 1008

OK-SAFE  At the beginning of each 2-year session, both the House and Senate adopt rules by which they will operate for those 2 years. These rules define not only the duties of the legislators and dictate their day-to-day conduct (no cussin’, swearin’, or spittin’), they determine how the legislative process will be conducted.

HR 1008 House Rules started from a template of last session’s rules and included changes offered by a 5-member committee who met prior to the beginning of session.

(If you’d like to hear an discussion about the pros and cons of permitting our state legislature to operate in a more open and representative fashion, listen to this conversation recorded at a Republican meeting about a week ago.  It sure convinced me!)

Writes Rep. Wesselhoft

“With the exception of the budget bill, there is not a more important bill or resolution than the resolution which governs or rules the House of representatives.

. . .This Rules resolution was amended by Rep. Charles Key to make it the most fair, democratic, and transparent manner to govern a legislative body in state history! The failure of the Key amendment and those who voted against it is the Skunk Master Award.

Had the Key amendment passed, it would have made state history, set a model for the nation, and been the Crown Jewell of Speaker Steel’s administration. Unfortunately, leadership forfeited a great historical opportunity.

The Key amendment failure insured that dictatorial power, if desired, would be summerly exercised by the chairs, the Floor Leader, and ultimately the Speaker.

Those few leaders have virtually absolute authority not to allow a bill or resolution a hearing; this abuse occurred numerous times, caused ill will among Democrats and Republicans, fractured the House and alienated many Republicans within their own majority caucus.

 Read the rest on “Socrates”  and join “Socrates on Facebook“!

Our State Legislature is Broken! Restoring Representative Government – Mon-Wed this week

Kaye Beach

May 15, 2011

Those who have been fighting for years to help get the Republican majority remember the vows made by the then minority to fix the corrupt house and senate leadership system.  When they got the chance they blew it.

(Listen to this conversation recorded at a Republican meeting about a week ago)


Restoring Representative Government

On Jan 4, 2011 Rep. Charles Key offered an Amendment to the legislative rules (dubbed the “Open Government rule”) designed to correct legislative procedure to allow for bill to at least get a hearing before a committee.  It failed.

 (Read OK-SAFE’s OK House Fails First Test  and GOP Strut Elitism Making Fun of Constituents by James Parsons for excellent summaries of the entire debacle)

A republican form of government, which we are guaranteed by the Constitution, is one in which “the sovereign power resides in a certain body of the people – the electorate – and is exercised by representatives elected by, and responsible to, them.” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

Restoring Representation is not going to happen as a result of any one act-it is a process.

How did we fare without the open government rule?


Enjoy your chips, hide your clips and watch those zippers!!


2011 Good Bills R.I.P


Here are just three of the good bills that were killed before they ever made it to committee:

  • HB 1399 The Anti chipping bill This is a bill that would have simply prohibited RFID tracking devices from being embedded on our driver’s licenses and ID cards was quashed by a petulant committee chair.  The bill actually passed both houses with overwhelming support the year before only to be killed by the Governor on behest of a powerful industry lobbyist seeking to protect the future market for his surveillance devices.
  • HB 1245 the TSA agent anti groping bill which would have added some measure of protection for us and our children from being groped by TSA employees.
  • HB 1647 Open Carry

In the meantime, measures like this have not had any trouble getting a hearing or passed out of committee;

OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure working its way through the Legislature would give another $40 million in state bond money to the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City – raising the state’s bond investment in the project to more than $103 million. Senate and House committees approved legislation authorizing the $40 million bond issue Thursday, clearing the way for legislative votes as soon as Friday.

Tulsa World 2011-05-13

As it stands now, without the Key amendment, power is firmly entrenched in the hands of a few.

Let’s Get Them On The Record

You may remember from earlier efforts this session to get the open carry bill to the floor that House rules allow for discharge petitions as a means to get a bill brought out of a committee for a vote on the floor if 68 Representatives sign.

It’s time to do another one for the Key Amendment!

Once 68 signatures are collected the Key amendment can go straight to the floor.

Do I think we can get the Key amendment for open government back to the floor?  Who knows?  But remember-this is a process and the petition will be a valuable tool.

The goal is better representation and more accountability.

At the beginning of session 53 members voted against the Key open government rule.

The grassroots were outraged and have made this abundantly clear to these representatives.  Now that we are near the end of session has any of them changed their minds?

We need to know which one of our legislators really believes in fair representation so we can vote and campaign and educate others accordingly come election time.  The petition gives us this starting point.

The stranglehold of leadership needs to end.  Let’s get them on the record so we can act accordingly.

Your help is needed.

Monday the 16 through Wednesday the 18th    11am through 5pm I will be at the Capitol asking each House member to sign the discharge petition.

Please contact me by email ladyaxiom@yahoo.com  or phone 405-818-3224

If you can physically come to the capitol and help by visiting and asking legislators for their support that would be best.  Just let me know so that I can meet you and get you the information you need.

If you can’t come to the Capitol, calls and emails to your Representative asking that they sign the petition would be a great way to support the effort.

Tell them to sign the petition and support the Key open government rule.

Why This Rule Change is Needed

It’s simple.  The current practice of the Oklahoma Legislature is to allow the Committee Chair to kill any bill he/she wants, thereby limiting the bill process from the outset. Conversely, this current practice means that the Chair controls which bills are allowed to move forward. This is a top-down, dictatorial control of the legislative process.  OK-SAFE

I will post our progress as frequently as possible on my blog site

Thank you,

Kaye Beach

House Directory (names, district, phone and room number)

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

Also-Don’t forget about the “new” Health Insurance Exchange bill

Update SB 971 from OK-SAFE

Will the Oklahoma Anti-RFID Bill Die? Our Loss is Their Gain

Will the Oklahoma Anti-RFID Bill Die? Our Loss is Their Gain

China says that RFID provides “a way for the government to control the population in the future”

Yes!  The Global Repression Business Is Booming!

SIA CEO Richard Chace Schmoozing

By Kaye Beach

July 23, 2010 Updated March 1, 2011


Last year in Oklahoma the powerful lobbying organization, SIA, swooped in and demolished a bill that would have kept RFID out of our identity documents.  This was a simple and well crafted bill that enjoyed bipartisan support and passed with a large majority through both houses.  All it lacked to become law was the Governor’s signature.  The CEO of the Security Industry Association used his considerable influence to make sure that the bill did not receive the Governor’s approval.

Here is a portion of the letter Chace sent to Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry

In 2011 our state legislators are offered an opportunity to make last year’s fiasco right.

HB 1399 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft is the same bill that was passed by both houses and supported by people in Oklahoma across the political spectrum.  HB 1399 is the same bill that was vetoed at the urging of Richard Chace of the Security Industry Association.

SIA Letter Brad Henry

Here is a quote from Richard Chace;

“I want to thank George Orwell for having the depth and foresight to plan my career” 1998 Richard Chace, SIA

Will the people in Oklahoma get their bill that will keep the Orwell worshiping Richard Chace’s spychips off of our driver’s licenses and ID cards?

Apparently not.

Last week I reported that HB 1399 had been assigned to the Public Safety Committee. On Wed. Feb 23rd we learned that Rep Tibbs and Rep. Steve Martin decided not to hear the bill.

Read more Do You Want RFID on YOUR ID?? Anti-Chip Bill Needs Your Help!

Richard Chace is very proud of his accomplishments.  Killing our bill last session is listed prominently among the many of them.  Take a look

Meanwhile China uses the latest technology, courtesy of the US, to keep control of the population.

China Enacting a High-Tech Plan to Track People

August 12, 2007

“Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the car The New York Times

“. . .that is a way for the government to control the population in the future

–Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology

The Chinese are at least honest about what purpose this technology serves.  Control. And so far, it’s working beautifully!

SIA CEO Richard Chace writes;

Dear Colleague,

China has been on an economic growth spurt for the past two decades. In the past decade, bilateral trade between China and the United States has grown by a factor of five. In the past five years, since joining the World Trade Organization China has become a world economic power. At the end of 2006, a delegation of U.S. cabinet members, headed by Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, participated in the first meeting of Strategic Economic Dialogue with China to focus on China’s further integration into the global economy

The SIA’s China Security Market Report

Old style censorship is being replaced with a massive, ubiquitous architecture of surveillance: the Golden Shield. Ultimately, the aim is to integrate a gigantic online database with an all-encompassing surveillance network – incorporating speech and face recognition, closed-circuit television, smart cards, credit records, and Internet surveillance technologies

Greg Walton reports in 2001 China’s Golden Shield: Corporations and the Development of Surveillance Technology in the People’s Republic of Chin

Chace has a decidedly MLM flair in his salesmanship.  But I should not demean multi level marketers.   How many of them are hawking the means to control a population to communist countries?

“The China Security Market Report provides a blueprint for business success!”

Developed by The Security Industry Association (SIA) to guide companies looking to enter this high growth market and offering valuable information for companies already in China, SIA’s China Security Market Report contains the most comprehensive information collected on China’s security market and the forces influencing its growth.

Both at home and abroad, unremarkably, the SIA’s bottom line is money.

During the past year, SIA has spent a great deal of time exploring prospects for security investment in China. SIA has developed a relationship with the Chinese Security and Protection Industry Association (CSPIA) for the exchange of information and facilitation of business.

Richard W. Chace

CEO and Executive Director

Security Industry Association

The SIA is very involved in helping their members connect with and sell to the Chinese government.  That these “security” products are being used by the repressive regime to better control the people of China doesn’t seem to present any ethical problems at all to Mr. Chace or the SIA.

It is illegal (not to mention immoral) to sell a host of items that can be used for repression to the Chinese government.

Following the 1989 military assault on demonstrators by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Tiananmen Square, the U.S. Government imposed constraints on the export to the PRC of certain items on the Commerce Control List (CCL). Section 902(a)(4) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 1990-1991


Here is an excerpt from The All Seeing Eye of China;

With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export”

Chinese citizens will be watched around the clock through networked CCTV cameras and remote monitoring of computers. They will be listened to on their phone calls, monitored by digital voice recognition technologies.

Their Internet access will be aggressively limited through the country’s notorious system of online controls known as the “Great Firewall.”

Their movements will be tracked through national ID cards with scannable computer chips and photos that are instantly uploaded to police databases and linked to their holder’s personal data.

This is the most important element of all: linking all these tools together in a massive, searchable database of names, photos, residency information, work history and biometric data.

When Golden Shield is finished, there will be a photo in those databases for every person in China: 1.3 billion faces

[. . .]Like everything else assembled in China with American parts,

Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.

Naomi Kline “China’s All Seeing Eye”

Anyone who has been following the growing surveillance state in the US will instantly recognize that the same systems described for China are being implemented here in the US also.

Pot, meet kettle.  Kettle, pot.

Even as the US provides China with the technological tools for tyranny, it still feels obligated to chastise the country for the poor treatment of its citizens.

In March 2010 the Chinese, bristling in response to the US State Department’ s release of a report on China’s human rights abuses, decides to release their own report detailing human rights abuses in the US.

Here is a sample of what is contained in China’s report;

While advocating “freedom of speech,” “freedom of the press” and “Internet freedom,” the US government unscrupulously monitors and restricts the citizens’ rights to freedom when it comes to its own interests and needs.

The US citizens’ freedom to access and distribute information is under strict supervision. According to media reports, the US National Security Agency (NSA) started installing specialized eavesdropping equipment around the country to wiretap calls, faxes, and emails and collect domestic communications as early as 2001. The wiretapping programs was originally targeted at Arab-Americans, but soon grew to include other Americans.

The so-called “freedom of the press” of the United States was in fact completely subordinate to its national interests, and was manipulated by the US government. According to media reports, the US government and the Pentagon had recruited a number of former military officers to become TV and radio news commentators to give “positive comments” and analysis as “military experts” for the US war in Iraq and Afghanistan, in order to guide public opinions, glorify the wars, and gain public support of its anti-terrorism ideology (The New York Times, April 20, 2009).

After a lengthy detailing of human rights violations perpetrated by the US government with all instances sourced by either official reports or news articles, China’s Information Office of the State Council ends the report by stating;

The above-mentioned facts show that the United States not only has a bad domestic human rights record, but also is a major source of many human rights disasters around the world. For a long time, it has placed itself above other countries, considered itself “world human rights police” and ignored its own serious human rights problems. It releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year to accuse other countries and takes human rights as a political instrument to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, defame other nations’ image and seek its own strategic interests. This fully exposes its double standards on the human rights issue, and has inevitably drawn resolute opposition and strong denouncement from world people. At a time when the world is suffering a serious human rights disaster caused by the US subprime crisis-induced global financial crisis, the US government still ignores its own serious human rights problems but revels in accusing other countries. It is really a pity.

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

The SIA issues market reports for a host of countries to help investors take advantage of the demand for high tech population management tools or other security systems.

Richard Chace, in his plea for Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to veto a bill that would have prohibited RFID tech from being used in drivers licenses and ID cards, assures him that the SIA takes the protection of our privacy very seriously.

We may not buy it, but governments the world over certainly are.

Please contact your representatives and let them know that techno-repression of the population is NOT an Oklahoma value!

Monday March 1st Legislative Action Alerts

Call OK House Members to Vote YES on These Bills!

HB 2317, by Rep. John Wright/Sen. Newberry, Creating the Oklahoma Enumerated Powers Act

HB 2317, now co-authored by Rep. Ritze – states that before a bill can become law in the state of Oklahoma the language must cite specific state and US constitutional  authority to do so.  The intent of the bill is to cause legislators to become the first line of defense in upholding constitutional principles and to identify early on in the legislative process if they are operating within constitutional limitations, rather than routinely passing the buck to the courts to figure this out.

This bill passed out of the full Appropriations and Budget Committee on 2/24/2010 by a vote of 16-0 and now will move to the floor for a vote.

Please call your Representative and House leadership to ask for a YES vote on HB2317.

OK House Switchboard: 1-800-522-8502, 1-405-521-2711.
II) HB 2569, by Rep. Wesselhoft/Sen. Newberry, Prohibiting the use of RFIDs (radio frequency identification, i.e. ‘tracking chips’) in the Oklahoma drivers license and identification cards.

HB 2569, co-authored by Faught, Kern, Pittman, Ritze, Sears, Sullivan – has passed both the Public Safety & Judiciary sub-committee and the full Appropriations and Budget Committee. The A&B vote on 2/24/2010, was 16-0.

However, the title was struck, by surprise, and now must be restored by the House or the Senate.

Please call your Representative and House leadership to ask for both a YES vote on HB 2569 and for the title to be restored to this single-subject bill.

OK House Switchboard: 1-800-522-8502, 1-405-521-2711.

House Leadership:
Speaker Rep. Chris Benge 1-405-557-7340 chrisbenge@okhouse.gov
Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele 1-405-557-7345 krissteele@okhouse.gov
Floor Leader Rep. Tad Jones 1-405-557-7380 tadjones@okhouse.gov


Call OK House Members to Vote NO on These Bills!

I) NO on HB 2331, Rep. Steve Martin

HB 2331, by Rep. Steve Martin, proposes amending Title 47 to allow at-will random insurance verification via an online insurance verification system, without a traffic-stop or accident having occurred first; the bill further gives authority for law enforcement to then seize the vehicle if found to be uninsured.

Observation or verification can be conducted from a fixed location, i.e. from the roadside, or from a moving patrol car.

Oklahoma utilizes an online insurance verification system, which may or may not be accurate.

Fox23News in Tulsa, OK recently ran a couple of stories covering the growing use of remote camera technology, and a poll of 4,000 viewers after the 2/17/10 airing found that 73% of viewers opposed this use of cameras.

Given that both the Oklahoma Dept of Public Safety and the Governor issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for ALPR cameras, this bill seems to be a little suspect.

HB 2331, allowing for random verification of insurance coverage and confiscation of private property, smacks more of revenue generation for both the insurance industry and a cash strapped state, than a public safety issue. OK-SAFE, while not endorsing driving uninsured, believes that the confiscation of private property by government for failure to purchase a product is not a move to be considered lightly; HB 2331 is a seriously flawed bill.

II) NO on HB 3250, by Rep. Sue Tibbs

HB 3250 would ban cell phone use/texting while driving and is part of a federal initiative to ban texting while driving.

The proponents of this bill completely ignore the issue of ‘enforcement’ which at some point will require a partnership between law enforcement and the telecommunications companies for real time access to electronic device usage while a vehicle is in motion.

Quote from US Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood:

LaHood said enforcing restrictions on texting and cell phone use by drivers will be difficult. He urged the wireless industry to work with public officials to come up with a solution.’

Please call your Representative and House leadership to politely express your concerns about these two bills and the continued move toward bigger and bigger government.  Phone numbers are noted above.

Serious Concerns about HB 2331 by Rep Steve Martin

Kaye Beach

Feb. 12, 2010


Serious Concerns: HB 2331, by Martin (S), amends Title 47. The proposed amendatory language reads that any law enforcement officer, during a traffic stop or accident “shall access information from the online (insurance) verfiication system”, “OR, at any other time, may access the verification system…” At law enforcement’s discretion.

This means insurance verification can be accessed at any time at all – i.e. whether the car is parked in a lot, or moving.  Observation/verification can be from a fixed location, i.e  roadside, or from a moving patrol car. If the vehicle is found to be non-compliant, a citation is issued. (Note: towns in Oklahoma are moving toward electronic ticketing.)

There’s more to be concerned about – HB 2331 proposes amending the law to allow for immediate seizure, towing and storage of vehicles cited as uninsured.

Oklahoma utilizes InsureNet – a global online insurance verification system that makes many claims to accuracy.

Given that both the Oklahoma Dept of Public Safety and the Governor are considering the installation of 200 ALPR surveillance cameras, this bill seems a little bit suspect.

(InsureNet just happens to make the ALPR cameras, too.)

ALPR (automatic license plate reader) cameras can scan upwards of 7,000 license plates an hour.

RE: HB 2331, allowing for random verification of insurance coverage and confiscation of private property, smacks more of revenue generation for both the insurance industry and a cash strapped state, than a public safety issue. OK-SAFE, while not endorsing driving uninsured, believes that the confiscation of private property by government for failure to purchase a product is not a move to be considered lightly; HB 2331 is a seriously flawed bill.