Tulsa Attorney BlogWhat Is the Proposal to Amend the Oklahoma Constitution?

The Push Towards Sovereignty in Oklahoma


legislation lawyer in TulsaVideo Transcribed: As promised, we’re going to start talking today about specific acts of legislation that have been sponsored. The way things get sponsored is very important for us to understand. My name is Mike Ashworth. I’m a Tulsa personal injury lawyer with the Wirth Law Office.

One of the things I have been asked to do is stay on top of all the laws that are being suggested in Oklahoma City at the Capitol. There are over 3000. And I talked earlier about there’s definitely a pattern emerging over and over and over in what’s going on. Way laws happen is somebody in the House drafts a law and recommends it. Sometimes somebody in the Senate will draft a similar law and they’ll submit it, and it’ll go to committees and it’ll be negotiated back and forth, back and forth, back and forth about whether or not it should come out of committee.

Many of the 3000+ suggested bills will do what’s called wither on the vine. They’ll die in committee, but there’s one in particular that’s interesting. This is a proposal to amend the Oklahoma Constitution. This is a Senate Joint Resolution by Senator Dahm, D-A-H-M, who’s one of the most active bill proponents in the chambers. And here’s what it says. “A sovereign state, a part of the federal union known as the United States of America, and the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land, and any laws to the contrary are null, void, and of no effect in this state.”

I’ve referred on a previous occasion to this being a little bit of a shot from Oklahoma across the bow to the federal government saying, “You’re trying to make people do things that the law says shouldn’t be done,” or, “You’re having us not do things the law says should be done.” So this is a movement towards sovereignty, separating ourselves away saying, “Look, there are some decisions we can make here. We don’t need you to tell us to do it or not do it because the Constitution is our primer. It does it for us.”

Remember, here at the Wirth Law Firm, we stay on top of the law for you every single day. We’ll keep talking about other laws that are going to be highly, highly, highly significant to watch. I’m Oklahoma legislation attorney Mike Ashworth with Wirth Law Firm. We think you’re worth it. Give us a call, at (918) 938-3200, or tulsapersonalinjurylaw.com because I’m the personal injury lawyer along with our team. If you get hurt, give us a call. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Do you have a question about the law, the Constitution, or the legislation? Give us a call. Make us your first call.

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