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We have crossed the first week limit of the 2022 legislative session!

Last Thursday was the deadline for bills to come out of committee in their home chamber. We can now see how many of the thousands of bills introduced before the session are alive.

As part of Oklahoma Watch’s launch of our new democratic beat, I focused on bills impacting our elections and voting rights.

It can be difficult to keep track. So here’s a look at some of the election-related or voting-related bills I’m watching.

Access to voting/administration

Senate Resolution 48 (Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City): Would create a state question asking voters to add a voter ID requirement to the state constitution. Status: Passed by Senate Rules Committee 13-0; eligible to be heard by the entire Senate.

House Bill 3677 (Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy): Would set aside at least $1.1 million to verify driver’s license numbers or the last four digits of Social Security numbers on claims for voter registration. Creates a felony charge for those who remove, obstruct the view, or restrict the movement of poll watchers. Status: Passed House Elections and Ethics Committee 6-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

House Bill 3232 (Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont): states that for any federal law, regulation, or other official action that “purports to substantially modify or supersede” voter registration laws or state elections, these amendments apply only to federal state elections. Status: Passed House Elections and Ethics Committee 5-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

House Bill 3046 (Rep. Mark Lepak, R-Claremore): Prevents any government or election official from soliciting, taking, or accepting anything of value for the purpose of conducting state or local elections. All elections must be conducted with public funds. Status: Passed House Elections and Ethics Committee 6-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

Senate Bill 1637 (Senator John Haste, R-Broken Arrow): Requires the county election board to notify the attorney general in addition to the district attorney if more than 10 absentee ballots for an election are to be mailed by mail to a single mailing address. Status: Passed in the Senate 42-6; eligible to be heard in a committee of the House.

House Bill 3321: (Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond): Requires all ballots used for an election to be paper with options for voters who are blind or visually impaired. The bill prohibits any device or equipment used to count votes from connecting to the internet. Status: Carried House Rules Committee 5-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

Status Question Changes

(Each of them would go to the people’s vote if they passed the Legislative Assembly)

House Joint Resolution 1002 (Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill): Demands that citizen-led groups collect enough signatures from registered voters to match 8% and 15% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election – depending on whether it is a statutory election or a constitutional change – in the 77 counties to be on the ballot. Status: Carried House Rules Committee 6-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

House Joint Resolution 1039: (Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Orlando): Requires citizen-led groups to collect enough signatures from registered voters to reach 8% and 15% of the votes cast in the last election for the office of governor — depending on whether it’s a statutory or constitutional change — in all five congressional districts to be on the ballot. Status: Carried House Rules Committee 5-3; now eligible to be heard in plenary.

House Joint Resolution 1059 (Rep. Carl Newton, R-Waynok): Requires at least 55% of the vote for questions of state amending the constitution to pass. Status: Carried House Rules Committee 6-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

Joint House Resolution 1004 (Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee): Requires at least two-thirds vote for Questions of State amending the constitution to pass. Status: Carried House Rules Committee 6-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

House Joint Resolution 1038 (Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid): Requires all state matters that have a financial impact on the state to achieve at least 60% of the vote to pass. Status: Carried House Rules Committee 5-2; eligible to be heard in plenary.

What do you think of these proposals? I intend to continue tracking these bills and would love to hear your thoughts on them. As always, you can email me at tbrown@oklahomawatch.org or find me on Twitter at @tbrownokc.

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Tweet Watch

Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City, took to Twitter last week to complain about how Oklahoma lawmakers sometimes only have hours — or even minutes — to consider bills. critics, often dealing with millions of taxpayer dollars, before committee votes.

This is not an isolated case.

I’ve written a few articles about how Oklahoma’s budget process is clouded by secrecy, particularly the budget bill which is sometimes released on the last days of the session. We see this months before the end of the session.

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