House Approves ‘Obamacare’ Nullification Bill

13 03 2013

Nullify ObamacareOKLAHOMA CITY – A bill focused on nullifying “Obamacare” was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives today by a vote of 72-20.

Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Mike Ritze

State Rep. Mike Ritze, a board-certified family practice physician and surgeon – the author of the legislation – filed House Bill 1021 to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” in Oklahoma.

Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said the measure protects Oklahomans against an unconstitutional federal overreach in power and control over their daily lives.

“There is no provision in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where the states delegated to Congress the authority to make a citizen purchase health care or pay a fine,” Ritze said. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an example of federal overreach and my legislation will authorize the state via the will of the People to ignore it and ban the enforcement of it.”

Proponents of “Obamacare” argue that Article VI of the Constitution makes the legislation the “supreme law of the land.” Ritze strongly disagrees with that belief.

“They fail to understand how the country is supposed to operate,” Ritze said. “As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 33: ‘It expressly confines this supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution.’ Alexander Hamilton got it right. Congress and the Supreme Court got it wrong.

“When the federal government exceeds its delegated authority, as it has done with the passage of Obamacare, it is the duty of every state representative to defend the unalienable rights of the people of the great State of Oklahoma. I and others in the House and Senate intend to do just that with this legislation.”

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Rep. Ritze Sends Letter Inviting Gun Company to Oklahoma

7 03 2013
Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Mike Ritze

Today an Oklahoma Lawmaker, since Colorado is enacting stricter gun control measures, has sent a letter to the president of a Colorado-based manufacture of magazines and other gun accessories urging the company to relocate to Oklahoma.

Richard Fitzpatrick, the president of MagPul, warned Colorado lawmakers that he would leave the state if they enacted gun control. Colorado went through with new gun control measures and MagPul announced they would soon leave that state.

“We would gladly accept MagPul here in Oklahoma,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “America is under attack by anti-gun activists who have no respect for our nation’s inherent 2nd Amendment rights. This lack of respect penalizes law-abiding citizens as well as good companies like this one. We support MagPul in its efforts to move to a state that is friendlier to do business in and we hope they will move their operations to Oklahoma.”

Currently based in Boulder, Colo., MagPul has produced high-capacity gun magazines and firearms accessories since 1999. Founded in the basement of former Marine Corps. Sergeant Richard Fitzpatrick, he issued an ultimatum to Colorado political leadership that he would move his company if they passed gun control measures such as House Bill 1224. That measure recently passed the Colorado state House and now is awaiting consideration in the state Senate.





Lawmakers File Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act

17 01 2013
State Rep. Sean Roberts

Rep. Sean Roberts

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Sean Roberts will be among 15 bill authors of a measure named the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act.

House Bill 2021 would assert the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans by exempting guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations. The bill specifies that to qualify for the exemption the guns must be clearly marked as “Made in Oklahoma” and kept within state boundaries.

In 2010, the legislation was introduced as Senate Bill 1685, but was vetoed by then Gov. Brad Henry after passing in both the House and Senate.

“It doesn’t seem to matter how many times the U.S. Supreme Court upholds up our Second Amendment rights,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “Anti-gun activists continue to seek to restrict lawful gun rights. This bill is meant to address potential federal gun control actions and regulations. I consider the legislation a states’ right bill.”

State Rep. John Bennett, a second bill author, said the bill is intended to fight off the overreach of the federal government into our state.

“I am a huge supporter of our Second Amendment rights, a certified firearms instructor with the NRA, CLEET and the U.S. Marine Corps, and a sports shooter and hunter. The bill will be the same language as Senate Bill 1685, by former Senator Randy Brogdon, in 2009. It will give Oklahomans greater protection for their right to keep and bear arms. A majority of my constituents have overwhelmingly voiced their fears of gun control by the Obama Administration and I promised I would fight to protect their constitutional rights. I will do everything in my power to ensure our constitutional rights are protected from an administration that has shown that they do not care about the rights of “We the People,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

The bill’s authors are Roberts, Bennett and state Reps. Mike Ritze, Josh Cockroft, Jadine Nollan, Arthur Hulbert, Mike Reynolds, Jason Murphey, Sally Kern, Lewis Moore, Mike Sanders, Mike Turner, Tom Newell, Dan Fisher and David Brumbaugh.

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Rep. John Bennett

Rep. John Bennett

Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Mike Ritze

Rep. Josh Cockroft

Rep. Josh Cockroft

Rep. Jadine Nollan

Rep. Jadine Nollan

Rep. Arthur Hulbert

Rep. Arthur Hulbert

Rep. Mike Reynolds

Rep. Mike Reynolds

Rep. Jason Murphey

Rep. Jason Murphey

Rep. Sally Kern

Rep. Sally Kern

Rep. Lewis Moore

Rep. Lewis Moore

Rep. Mike Sanders

Rep. Mike Sanders

Rep. Mike Turner

Rep. Mike Turner

Rep. Tom Newell

Rep. Tom Newell

Rep. Dan Fisher

Rep. Dan Fisher

Rep. Mike Reynolds

Rep. Mike Reynolds





Broken Arrow legislators file bills to stop Obamacare

10 01 2013

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Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Mike Ritze plan to ensure the Legislature stands up for the rights of Oklahomans and remains committed to preventing the provisions of Obamacare from taking effect.

Dahm and Ritze have filed Senate Bill 203 and House Bill 1021, proposals which will nullify the provisions of Obamacare in Oklahoma.  Dahm said health care operates best as an enterprise, not as a birthright.

“Depriving citizens of the right to make their own choices about health care runs contrary to American ideals,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.  “If we want a health care system that is innovative, efficient, and controls costs, we need to allow the free market to work.  Health care is not a right, it is an enterprise, and it works best with fewer market distortions and the incentive to improve the services it offers customers.”

“Taking this enterprise and turning it into a government bureaucracy will remove the incentive for advancements in American health care, just as it has everywhere else this experiment has been tried.”

Ritze said the federal health care law is unwelcome in Oklahoma.

“Oklahomans have clearly indicated that they would prefer a different approach to health care than the federal law offers,” Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said. “I think we have the tools to improve the health care system in Oklahoma without involvement from the federal government.”

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