[Note: The Curmudgeon Emeritus forwarded me an email that had been going around, with a request for verification of the claims made therein. I figured if he'd gotten it, so have several others in proximity to blogdom, and having already sent him my reply, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind if I reproduced it here.]
Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9, had a few liberals in the mix, an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values…! HB 1330 Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.
HB 1330 did indeed pass both houses, and then-Governor Brad Henry did sign it. Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow) and his family paid for the marker; private funding is being raised to pay for its installation north of the Capitol on the grounds. (It’s not “over the front entrance”.) This one is a qualified True, pending the final installation.
Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804. Hope we didn’t send any of them to your state. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.
HB 1804 was passed, and signed by Governor Henry. It is not quite so draconian, but it does forbid state services to illegals, and requires police to check the status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. There exists an injunction against part of the bill, which deals with the requirement of employers to verify the work-authorization status of employees and independent contractors. The rest of it remains in place. Call this one Mostly True.
Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal’s to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Pelosi said it was unconstitutional. SB 1102
Technically, SB 1102 only calls for the collection of DNA samples from illegal immigrants if they are arrested for any reason, and for similar collection from anyone convicted of a felony or of certain violent misdemeanors. I hesitate to give this one a True because under HB 1804, the interlopers must first be suspected before they can be busted.
Addendum: Nancy Pelosi’s Constitutional knowledge, I suggest, falls short of, say, Britney Spears’ expertise in the field of semiconductor physics.
Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas, Montana and Utah as the only states to do so. More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolina’s, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003
Author of HJR 1003, Rep. Charles Key (R-OKC), described it this way: “House Joint Resolution 1003 declares Oklahoma’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment in all matters not otherwise enumerated or granted to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution. The resolution also calls on the president and other agents of the federal government to ‘cease and desist’ mandates beyond the scope of ‘constitutionally delegated powers’ and repeal all compulsory federal legislation directing states to comply under threat of civil or criminal sanctions or in order to gain federal funding.”
There is, however, no real enforcement power behind it, though the state does have a record of rejecting Federal funds, most recently a $54 million handout to set up an Obamacare insurance exchange. House Speaker Kris Steele (R-Shawnee) said it shouldn’t cost that much money and that the state is better off going it alone. Make of that what you will.
The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I’m sure that was a set back for the criminals. The Liberals didn’t like it — But … Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.
Open carrying, unloaded, is legal and does not require a concealed-carry license when going to or from the person’s private residence or vehicle, to a gun shop, gun show, or for any form of hunting/sport activities. It is also legal to transport an unloaded weapon in a motor vehicle at any time. (True, mostly.)
Anything beyond that requires a concealed-carry license. New bills were
introduced this year to widen the areas where guns were permitted (vocational schools, some college campuses) and to allow open carry of loaded weapons, but none of them had made it through the Legislature before it adjourned Friday.
[Correction: The vocational-school ("CareerTech") measure, which would have allowed guns inside locked cars on those campuses, did in fact pass both Houses, though Governor Fallin has yet to sign it.]
Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL driver’s license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.
This was part of State Question 751, which makes English the official language of the state; it was passed by voters in November 2010. A Tulsa law professor, last I looked, was working up a second challenge to the measure; his first was withdrawn for a procedural matter. USDOJ sent a nastygram to the state’s attorney general, hinting that it might cost the state federal funding; the state’s Congressional delegation wrote back, suggesting that Eric Holder had better things to do with his time. For the moment, this is True.