Rep.  Trey Caldwell 2019

Republican Party Platform Sets the Standards

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2019 Oklahoma Trump Index of 16

Got 16 votes wrong

Towns in district include:  Cache, Chattanooga, Davidson, Faxon, Frederick, Geronimo, Grandfield, Hollister, Indiahoma, Lawton, Loveland, Manitou, Medicine Park, Tipton

Zip codes in district include:  73006, 73501, 73503, 73505, 73507, 73527, 73528, 73530, 73538, 73540, 73542, 73543, 73546, 73551, 73552, 73553, 73555, 73557, 73559, 73564, 73566, 73570

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Representative Trey Caldwell did a poor job representing his voters this year. He got  16  of the votes wrong that put him to be at 20th spot from the top and 82nd spot from the bottom of the index list.  Here is his contact info, please contact him and voice your opinion on his voting record.

Legislative Assistant:
Leslie Smith-Haddad* 
(405) 557-7307 
*Interim Coverage

Below is a list of the bills where Trey Caldwell made bad votes according to the Republican Party.

HB1014 Finger Print Bill allows the OSBI to access drivers license finger prints and bio metric info without a court order. The legislation is supposed to help those that are missing, endangered, or deceased. The first two categories are wide open to interpretation and thus subject to abuse. We were told that these real ID bio metrics would be kept confidential but once the data is out there it will show up anywhere and be abused. This increases privacy abuses without a corresponding benefit for security.

HB 1089 Hospital Subsidy Program Extension This legislation extends the supplemental hospital offset payment program fee for five years. The system taxes the hospitals, then uses the money to provide care for welfare recipients and trigger federal dollars to flow in to Oklahoma. For 2019, hospitals will pay SHOPP assessments of $204 million, and receive supplemental payments of $475 million. This is bad legislation, people ought to have skin in the game for medical care and pay for the majority of their own needs which helps keep all medical care costs down.

HB 1100 slashes the penalties for selling drugs in school zones and makes it much harder to prosecute criminals for selling drugs to school students. It reduces the distance from a school from 2000 feet to 500 feet and only allows the use of the statute during hours of school operation. So a drug dealer targeting a school isn’t going to be doing business while class is in session but will conduct business before or after the school is let out. The bill cuts prison time from seven years to life in prison to not more than ten years in prison.

Do the math, a typical defendant will spend a year awaiting trial then serve no more than one fifth to one third of his sentence after good time behavior. So you could be seeing a two year sentence, minus the year awaiting trial, one year in prison. Worse, they plead these cases down to misdemeanors or simple possession all the time and even with felony sentences they give our far more suspended and deferred sentences than they do actual prison terms. The sad fact is that you usually go to prison for refusing to pay the court costs and fees rather than selling drugs to school kids. The bill didn’t make it through the process so is still a live round for next session.

HB 1263 Zero Emission Tax Credit This bill extends the zero emission tax credits for up to ten years and allows the credits to be carried further than 10 years but refundable at 85%. These tax credits don’t create jobs, they reward businesses that bribe politicians.

HB 1269 Scrubbing Criminal Records Act This bill allows for a simplified and accelerated expungement of the criminal charge and conviction if a person had been convicted of a felony for a crime that is now considered a misdemeanor. It also allows the Pardon and Parole Board to release convicted felons if the crime they were convicted of is now a misdemeanor. Even felons out on suspended or deferred sentences that are revoked for committing more crimes or refusing to pay the court fines and fees or restitution can be released if the new misdemeanor sentence is shorter than the time they already served in county jail awaiting trial or while out in the world serving a suspended sentence. So there is no longer a toll for breaking the law if you are out on suspended sentence or deferred sentence. This tactic is used a lot to get criminals off the street without a lot of expense by the state. They get their day in court but it is a very quick hearing. It is great that an ex con can clean up his record after five or ten years of good behavior but it is another thing to scrub the criminal records so that employers or potential partners/spouses cannot find a felon’s criminal record.

HB1774 route 66 commission act was pushed by idiot Lt. Gov. Matt Pinell. The idea is to spend millions preparing for a centennial celebration for Route 66. What a waste of tax dollars just a greasy turd politician gets some publicity.

HB 2009 the Reduced Prison Time for Sex Offenders Act reduces sentence on second conviction for non violent and sex offenders. Now sex offenders face up to twice the original sentence if they are caught and convicted again. Had this bill passed this year sex offenders would face only up to one quarter of original sentence plus whatever sentence is handed down for the second offense. Keep in mind that most crimes are pled way down to avoid the cost of a prosecution and trial so the majority of these child molesters never face serious prison time under the 85% rule. Luckily the bill failed to pass but it is still a live round for next session.

 

 

 

HB 2095 Clean Fuels Credit Extension Extends the tax credit on clean fuel vehicles seven more years, removes hydrogen fuel cells from the list of acceptable technologies, but lowers the tax credit amount for passenger cars and trucks and massively raises it for heavy trucks. Limits it to $20 million a year but this is basically welfare for trucking companies and large fleet owners.

 

HB 2218 Waive Court Costs for Criminals Act This bill waives fines, costs, and fees if a parolee is enrolled in work training, school, or vo tech center. The law credits the value of a forty hour week at minimum wage against court fees and costs. Nothing states that the parolee or ex con has to complete the classes or pass, attendance alone will chop off $290.00 per week so in ten weeks of class the average convicted felon will have his court fines and fees paid. Considering that the vast majority of convicts rarely pay a cent of their court fines and fees and if they do it is at $40.00 per month, this seems excessive. It also drives a lot of career criminals into school for a few months without asking if they are even a candidate for straightening up their lives. A change to requiring a completion of a degree would help, as would allowing them $40.00 per month credit to keep the court off their back while they are in school. But allowing over $1,100.00 in fees and fine credit for nothing is a very bad idea and subject to abuse.

The bill also makes a maximum of two years on DA supervision and limits the cost to $40 per week. That is actually a decent idea although $40.00 a month plus drug testing would be enough for a parolee. The law also allowed a judge to consider if the convict was working a job and allow weekend incarceration instead of revocation and prison yet judges already have the ability to do this and more. The law also limits deferred sentences to four years and community supervision to one year. And what is community supervision? The Court supervises the convicts, they walk in the door, lay down a check, and leave. Parts of this bill are good and meet the idea that once a criminal pays his price to society they are helped to get back on their feet but if they don’t pay their fines and fees all they have lost was a few months or years of their liberty and lets face it, if that was precious to them they wouldn’t be criminals. With work this bill could meet the Trump standard but it doesn’t in the current form.

 

HB 2273 The Parolee Protection Act waters down the parole violation process and allows acceleration in the last six months of the convict’s sentence. Keep in mind how little of a sentence is actually served, from one fifth to one third of the time the sentence lists. You will find convicts with six year sentences going into prison one year and coming out the next and this legislation would cut that time in half if a pardon was requested. Again, this doesn’t help an convict that has served his time, it shortens his time to a ridiculous amount and provides a graduated scale of punishments, limits the sentence after a parole violation to two years.

HB 2367 Workers Comp Subsidy To Insurers Expands the ability for workers to get benefits for repetitive injuries by striking out the clause that required 180 days of work at the company before repetitive injuries could be claimed. This bill was pushed by the corrupt Rep. Chris Kannady to pay off his lawyer donors. The half year requirement made sense to avoid workers comp fraud by workers. Working in a factory is physically demanding but workers get used to it and shouldn’t expect a workers comp check for normal aches and pains from working.

HB 2369 created the Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, a new 13 member commission studying soft on crime solutions to the prison over crowding. No good will come of this committee as they left out law enforcement and the bail industry representatives in favor of liberal non profits that are bleeding the criminals dry by shuttling them through one of their own non profits that charges hundreds of dollars a month.

 

HB 2739 Gov.’s Closing Fund Subsidy This is pure corporate welfare, a slush fund for the Governor, added $5 million dollars to the quick closing fund.

 

SB 200 expanded tax credit for films. Another Lt. Gov. Matt Pinell supported scheme to provide corporate welfare for campaign donors. The legislation was passed years ago but Pinell bragged in one of his mail outs about extending the corporate welfare program.

SB 252 Catch and Release Bill This law would have made judges lower bail bonds as bail cannot be set higher than the person can afford to pay or high enough that the lack of ability to pay might prevent their release. In other words, a mentally ill person will simply be let out of jail as they have no income to pay for bail. Or career criminals that refuse to hold a job so as to avoid paying court fines and fees or restitution. It doesn’t matter if the defendant’s family has the ability to pay, it is his ability to pay that has to be considered. If no bail granted the judge must make a finding of clear and convincing evidence that the person is guilty of the crime, which is a scary thing when a court pre judges someone guilty of a crime.

The law would also remove the ability to withhold bail for those caught manufacturing drugs or drug addicts that commit crimes to pay for their drug habit. In place of that the law would allow a pre trial release program to vouch for the inmate. The bill aslo allows OR, own recognizance bonds, someone’s promise to show up for court to be given to all defendants except those that have already escaped jail or prison, those charged with domestic abuse, violation of a protective order, or stalking. Basically if a man commits a crime against a woman he isn’t eligible for OR bond at no cost. Other changes in the law are requiring a specific threat must be present to a specific person, changing the law from a history of violating court orders to a history of violating protective orders, and again it removes the drug or alcohol use history of the criminal from being considered.

SB 749 Infrastructure Funding Assistance to Corporations serving Military. Sounds good but it actually expands Oklahoma Development Finance Authority loans to for profit businesses. AKA corporate welfare for companies that would have zero problem qualifying for a loan from a bank.

 

Rep.  Jeff Coody

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The higher the score the more conservative the legislator


2018 RINO Score of 53

Got 9  votes wrong

Towns in district include:  Cache, Chattanooga, Davidson, Faxon, Frederick, Geronimo, Grandfield, Hollister, Indiahoma, Lawton, Loveland, Manitou, Medicine Park, Tipton

Zip codes in district include:  73006, 73501, 73503, 73505, 73507, 73527, 73528, 73530, 73538, 73540, 73542, 73543, 73546, 73551, 73552, 73553, 73555, 73557, 73559, 73564, 73566, 73570

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Representative Jeff Coody  did a poor job representing his voters this year. He got  9  of the votes wrong that put him to be at 10th spot from the top and 91st spot from the bottom of the index list.  Here is his contact info, please contact him and voice your opinion on his voting record.

Jeff.Coody@okhouse.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Riley Akin* 
(405) 557-7307 

 

HB 1019xx Out of state sales tax collection N is conservative, Y is liberal. Another teacher tax and an unconstitutional one. Our federal constitution doesn’t allow states to tax interstate commerce and the courts have long ruled that a nexis, a physical location, must be present in a state if sales tax is collected. This is the so called Amazon tax for this year, an attempt to force associated independent advertisers on Amazon to collect and remit Oklahoma sales tax. Amazon might well have a physical location in the state and might need to comply with the law on sales tax but these non Amazon shipped products are stored in the seller’s warehouses and thus there is no Oklahoma connection. This law will be struck down if challenged.

 HB 1023xx Teacher pay raise N is conservative, Y is liberal. The cause of these teacher raise taxes. Extortion was used, the kids and parents were used, and the strike went on even after the huge tax increases and raises were passed into law. The teacher unions are really using the situation to press for more Democrats being elected. Legislators that angered their own Republican base by voting for these massive taxes then got harassed and threatened at the Capitol for two weeks. Extortion has no place in politics, especially from state employees supported with tax dollars.

 

 

 

 

HB 1024 xx State worker pay increase N is conservative, Y is liberal. The state workers do need raises, we agree on that much. But again the extortion used was beyond the pale. And many state workers like the ones in Preston Doerlinger’s old empire are already raking in huge salaries. And again the taxes for these raises were already diverted for the second year before the teacher strike even fizzled out. If the wages are too low, there will be a shortage of sate workers and that isn’t the case. Wages do need looked at but it needs to be in a good budget year and inefficiencies and waste have to be trimmed out first after the audits are completed by outside auditors. Then we will support raises.

HB 1026Xx School support staff pay increase N is conservative, Y is liberal. Ditto, no funding for the second year, not the state’s responsibility to give raises to employees of the local school systems. Compared to teachers these support staff earn very little but there are also many that are making nearly six figures. Plus the amount of non teachers had risen three times the ratio of student increase and too much money is being wasted on stupid things like liberal counselors and advisers that have no place indoctrinating our kids.

HB 2756 CNG tax credit extension N is conservative, Y is liberal. Once this kind of incentive might have made sense but no more. These tax credits are simply corporate welfare. CNG is a fraction of gasoline price and that alone is incentive enough for car owners to convert or purchase CNG vehicles. 

HB 3407 Mandates OKIE call before digging on property N is conservative, Y is liberal. Whose land is it anyway? It makes sense to encourage landowners and contractors to call OKIE to flag existing infrastructure underground before digging but most landowners are going to know if there is anything there. Digging a pond out in the back 40 is no risk to utilities. Those that refuse to check are already responsible for any damage so why increase the nanny state?

SB 1252 Events incentive act N is conservative, Y is liberal. Another corporate welfare scheme that does nothing to bring events to the state. Promoters go where the customers or fans of the event are. We had plenty of shows, games, and events before this bill was passed and all it does is drain tax coffers.

SB 1590 bond issue prisons N is conservative, Y is liberal. Same as above. Yes we need prisons but we shouldn’t be financing in this manner. The state can borrow money just as easily as the investors but the shell game needs continued so that we can pretend the bond debt isn’t debt.

Rep.  Jeff Coody

Republican Party Platform Sets the Standards

The higher the score the more conservative the legislator


2017 RINO Score of 47.5

Got 10  votes wrong

Representative Jeff Coody  did a poor job representing his voters this year. He got  10  of the votes wrong that put him to be at 22nd spot from the top and 79th spot from the bottom of the index list.  Here is his contact info, please contact him and voice your opinion on his voting record.

Jeff.Coody@okhouse.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Riley Akin* 
(405) 557-7307 

HB 1427 allows the Oklahoma Tax Commission to create a new department and hire outside auditors to attempt to collect out of state sales tax payments. This appears to be an attempt to harass out of state vendors with Oklahoma customers with the idea of forcing these out of state vendors to collect sales tax or use tax. If the out of state vendors comply with the auditors and hand over a list of shipments into Oklahoma that would cost Oklahoma companies billions of dollars in new taxes.

 

 

 

 

HB 1845 is the REAL ID bill that forces Oklahoma into the federal identification card system. The program is a privacy nightmare and unneeded. Worse, those promoting the scheme have long lied about the consequences of not having Oklahoma drivers licenses REAL ID compliant, claiming that you couldn’t get on an airplane which is not true. It is also a fee increase, adding $5.00 to the license fee, like the $5.00 they added to the tags last year, with the money siphoned off into Public Safety and two dollars to the tag agents. Worse, this bill guts the state prohibition on REAL ID passed about eight to ten years ago. There is a clause stating that the state won’t share biometric data of its citizen but there is an out for data sharing required by the feds.

HB 2131 is a new tax credit scheme that gives away 10% of sales tax collected for companies with under one million dollars of new investment in a tourist destination, 25% for those companies with over a million dollars new investment, with the annual limit set at $15 million dollars per year drained out of the state treasury. And this is for investment that is going to be made anyway.

HB 2351 is tax credit scheme used in Tax Incentive Districts and it appears to extend ad valorem tax exemptions an additional five years beyond the original exemptions for the project. Some say this bill was written and passed for a single Oklahoma City developer. Electricity generating projects are exempted from the additional five years property tax exemption.

HB 2356 is a bill that moves forward the due date for franchise tax payments, moving it forward two months. That effectively increases cash flow for the state by taking the tax money before it was originally due.

 

 

 

 

HB 2372 is the $1.50 per pack cigarette tax that funnels 50 percent to the Health Care Authority Enhancement Fund; 23 percent to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Enhancement Fund; 14.5 percent to the Human Services Enhancement Fund; 5.4 percent to the Oklahoma State University Medical Authority Enhancement Fund; and 2.7 percent to the Health Department Enhancement Fund. This generates $215 million dollars in new taxes.

HB 2403 set a new limit on itemized deductions, limiting deductions from taxable income to $1,700 per year for tax years 2017, 2018, and 2019. If you have more deductions for medical bills, interest, or other legal deductions you simply cannot use them. Only charitable donations are excluded.

Now with the Trump tax cuts cutting our federal taxes our Oklahoma taxes will rise.

 

 

 

HB 2433 Removes the sales tax exemption on vehicle sales but keeps in place the existing excise taxes on those same vehicles. This is a 38% tax increase on purchasing a new or used vehicle. This will strip another $124 million dollars out of taxpayer’s pockets in 2018 and every year afterward.

SB 38 is a bill that doubles a fee on all crimes except traffic tickets. Keep in mind that they doubled fees last year in criminal cases. The bill will strip about $3 million per year out of Oklahoman’s pockets.

 

SB 845 This is the smoking “fee” that replaced the $1.50 per pack cigarette tax that didn’t pass. Since they basically lied and called it a fee they didn’t need a super-majority to pass the tax but it will be challenged in court as it is unconstitutional for two reasons. First it is a tax, not a fee, and second it was passed in the last five days of the legislature and that is not allowed. This is a new $257 million dollar tax placed on Oklahoma smokers.

 

 2017 Special Session Index Score  60

He got  2 out of five votes wrong.

Oklahoma was subjected to the cost of two special elections late in 2017 in an effort to raise taxes to cover the tax increases that were knocked down by the Supreme Court in the summer of 2017.  There weren’t a lot of bills heard, no bills to cut waste or make government more efficient were considered thanks to a veto threat by Gov. Mary Fallin.  The  tax increase votes that this legislator voted for are below:

HB 1035X, the tax increase on cigarettes and other tobacco.

The vote was 54 to 44

, with 76 votes needed to pass thanks to the constitutional protections of SQ 640. Follow the link above to view the votes of the House members. This was a bad vote for many reasons, first the tobacco taxes impact the poor, working classes, and the mentally ill more than anyone else. Very little of the money was to be used to stop smoking, and we have the TSET funds for that already that are being wasted on bike trails and paid ads telling us to drink water. The pointed out waste in the budget hadn’t been addressed, in fact Fallin threatened to veto any bill that cut waste. No audits have been done despite the loss or theft of tens of millions of dollars in state money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of the special session RINO Index score

HB 1085X, which was another Gross Production Tax increase from 2% to 4% and/or a change in exemption dates. It failed on a

64 to 31 vote, needing 76 to pass. We at STP are ambivalent on the GPT increases for several reasons. First some change needs done because the old vertical well businesses are penalized while the newer horizontal wells, fracking, are given massive tax exemptions. Yet raising

taxes of any kind before the waste is looked at and agency performance audits are done overrides the imbalance in taxation and the resulting unfairness. The fact is that the donor class are terrified over SQ 795 vote coming up in November, they see their bribe money paid to legislators going down the drain if that thing passes.

SQ 795 puts an additional 5% GPT tax on oil wells in the first 36 months

, evading the bought and paid for tax evasion credits that the donor classes paid to have passed in earlier years. The money will go to teacher pay increases and education. In the end HB 1085X was a vote to head off SQ 795 passing by passing slightly higher taxes for the oil industry and as it would be simple legislation it could later be overturned and rolled back to the old corporate welfare. Not so with the state question.