Thursday, November 08, 2012

Resolution for Open Government

This is a resolution in support of Open Government in Oklahoma.

WHEREAS Oklahoma Legislators are the elected Representatives of the PEOPLE; and

WHEREAS the Republican Party of Oklahoma states in its 2009 platform "That government closest to the people governs best and is preferred to centralized control;" and

WHEREAS a representative government of the People, by the People and for the People depends upon free and open discussion of every idea submitted in the name of the People; and

WHEREAS government secrecy is 'centralized control' and has resulted in political corrupted and death without a committee hearing of valid legislation representing genuine concerns of the People; and

WHEREAS the People need to know how their elected representatives stand on all the issues brought before them to assure accountability; and

WHEREAS Oklahoma is in an unprecedented economic and currency crisis; and

WHEREAS we need a thorough and candid conversation of all citizens through their representatives to ascertain the causes and solutions of this crisis to reach a broad consensus for action;

THERE LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT both the State Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives pass permanent rule changes to assure that:

1.  Every bill submitted by a Senator or Representative gets a fair hearing and a recorded vote in committee;

2.  Every bill that passes through committee gets a fair hearing and a recorded vote on the floor of the body;

3.  No political subterfuge or 'hijinks' interfere with complete Open Government and Transparency in any way.

Visit the Open Government Project for more information.

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