For these reasons, I voted against the bill when it was in my committee and I voted against the bill when it was heard on the house floor. It is absolutely true that government should not be allowed to charge fees on well-maintained properties and should not harm or hinder private property rights without a clearly justified public safety purpose. In short, there should be no imposition on property owners who are maintaining their property and no fee in that situation should be warranted.
Local control is always best. Each city and town best knows and understands the problems that it is required to deal with. Unfortunately, HB 2620 is the classic example of “Have Bazooka – Will Travel.” It is ironic as stated on the March 5, 2014, editorial page of the Daily Oklahoman that, “The party that touts the merits and importance of local control is thus pushing to tell municipalities how to conduct their affairs.”
Hopefully, through the Senate process, the bill will be amended to address these serious concerns. With a little tweaking it could be a good law rather than the knee jerk reaction that it currently represents. Thank you for allowing me to serve as a State Representative. If there is anything that I can do to assist you, call me at 405-557-7401 or email me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov. I look forward to hearing from you soon.