The Oklahoma Legislature is in session, and -- in the words of Gideon J. Tucker -- "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe...."
We're watching 4 proposals in the Oklahoma Legislature that would jeopardize intellectual freedom in our state. These measures would have the effect of restricting public access to the knowledge resources of the United Nations.
The 4 measures are SB23, SB53, SJR2, and HB1412. Each one has an Anti-Knowledge flavor. Each one is based on a false premise.
None of these measures has been voted on yet. The first three have been assigned to the Energy Committee of the Oklahoma Senate. The last one has been assigned to the States' Rights Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
(Yes, we have a States' Rights Committee in the Oklahoma Legislature; it is new).
To oppose these bills, our plan of action is to engage (in a friendly way) the members of these committees with the goal of persuading them to vote down these Anti-UN measures.
ACTION REQUESTED. Please consider reaching out to the members of these committees. You are welcome to use the following fact sheets (in PDF format) that we have prepared:
Intellectual Freedom ... A description of Senate Bill 23 and how it would restrict access to knowledge resources from the United Nations. (Senate Bill 23 is practically identical to SB53, HB1412, and SJR2).
The UN & Property Rights ... A 2-page fact sheet that challenges the underlying assumption of these measures.
The Value of UN Resources ... A sampling of some of the ways in which knowledge resources from the UN help to benefit the health, safety, and cultural richness of all Oklahomans.
Feel free to forward theses fact sheets to the committee members or just compose your own message to send.
Here are the email addresses for each of the committee members ...
Energy Committee (OK State Senate)
Senator Cliff Branan ... Oklahoma City ... email@example.com
Senator Bryce Marlatt ... Woodward ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Rick Brinkley ... Owasso ... email@example.com
Senator Eddie Fields ... Wynona ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator A J Griffin ... Guthrie ... email@example.com
Senator Jim Halligan ... Stillwater ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Tom Ivester ... Sayre ... email@example.com
Senator Constance Johnson ... Oklahoma City ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Rob Johnson ... Kingfisher ... email@example.com
Senator Clark Jolley ... Edmond ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ron Justice ... Chickasha ... email@example.com
Senator Susan Paddack ... Ada ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Frank Simpson ... Springer ... email@example.com
Senator Rob Standridge ... Blanchard ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Greg Treat ... Oklahoma City ... Treat@oksenate.gov
Senator Charles Wyrick ... Fairland ... email@example.com
States' Rights Committee (OK House of Representatives)
Rep. Lewis Moore ... Arcadia ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sean Roberts ... Hominy ... email@example.com
Rep. Ed Cannaday ... Porum ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Kay Floyd ... Oklahoma City ... email@example.com
Rep. Kevin Matthews ... Tulsa ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mike Shelton ... Oklahoma City ... email@example.com
Rep. Dale DeWitt ... Braman ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Elise Hall ... Bethany / Warr Acres / OKC ... email@example.com
Rep. Jason Murphey ... Guthrie ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ken Walker ... Tulsa ... email@example.com
Rep. Dan Fisher ... Yukon / El Reno ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Tommy Hardin ... Ardmore / Madill ... email@example.com
Rep. Dustin Roberts ... Durant ... firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the OKC Chapter of the UN Association, I have already written to most of these people. I have tried to explain how they can support the future progress of our state by opposing SB23, SB53, SJR2, and HB1412. I have asked them to preserve the intellectual freedom that is currently enjoyed by all Oklahomans.
These folks need to hear from you as well.
I want to be clear that none of these bills has yet been scheduled for a hearing. When they are brought up for discussion in committee, we won't get much advance notice -- maybe a day or two. To be sure that our message is heard, we need to start now with letters, emails, phone calls, etc.
If you have questions or anything, please be sure to let me know.
Thanks for your support for the values of the United Nations,
President, OKC Chapter
United Nations Association of the USA