These are the primary bills that Oklahomans For Ballot Access Reform are watching in the 2013 Legislative Session.
SB 668 – Modifies the number of signatures required to form a new party to be 5% of the last Gubernatorial election. This bill would bring some stability to the requirements but would not bring any real relief.
- February 13, 2013: Passed the Senate Rules Committee 19-0.
- Amended to grant Elections Board greater authority to answer questions and resolve disputes over who is authorized to represent a new party.
- February 27, 2013: Passed the Senate on a vote of 42-0. Title was stricken, meaning will have to come back to the Senate before going to the Governor.
- April 2, 2013: Passed the House Judiciary Committee 16-0. Title was restored.
- April 3, 2013: Representative Hickman, author of HB2134, signed on as a coauthor.
- April 25,2013: Calendar Committee failed to assign the bill to the House Agenda and the bill missed the deadline to be heard on the Floor.
SB 76 – This bill would dramatically increase the fees associated with running for office. This bill would result in fewer people running for office and thus further stagnate our already tepid elections.
- February 20, 2013: Passed the Senate Rules Committee on a Party line vote 14-5. All Republicans voting for the bill; all Democrats voting against it.
- Votes for the bill came from the following: Barrington, Branan, Brinkley, David, Fields, Ford, Halligan, Jolley, Justice, Marlatt, Standridge, Stanislawski, Johnson (Rob), Griffin
- Votes against the bill came from the following: Johnson (Constance), McAffrey, Shumate, Sparks, Wyrick
- March 5, 2013: Passed the Senate on a vote of 27-18. No Democrats voted for the bill. Some Republicans voted against it.
- March 25, 2013: House Appropriation and Budget General Government subcommittee passed the bill in a vote of 5-1. Rep Fourkiller was the only one to vote against it.
- April 12, 2013: Deadline for bills to be heard in committee passed with SB76 not being heard in the Appropriations and Budget Committee. The Bill is dead for the year.
HB 2134 – Would modify the number of signatures required to form a new party to exactly 5,000 signatures. This bill’s language is preferable to the Senate bill.
- February 20, 2013: Passed the House Rules Committee 7-0
- March 15, 2013: Deadline for bills to be heard in house of origin passed with Calendar Committee never hearing the bill and never passing it to the floor for a vote. This bill is dead for the year.
- March 1, 2013: Deadline for bills to be heard in committee passed with neither bill being heard in the House Rules Committee in 2013. This means these bills are dead for the year.
- February 20, 2013: SB906 Passed out of the Senate Rules Committee 11-8
- March 15, 2013: Deadline for bills to be heard in house of origin passed with SB906 not heard on the Senate Floor. It is dead for the year.
- March 1, 2013: Deadline for bills to be heard in committee passed with SB523 not heard by the Senate Rules Committee and will not move this year.