May 13, 2009
HB 2013 addresses several issues including a ban on the practice of local governments attempting to impose “accident response fees” when there is a traffic accident requiring law enforcement attention. These fees are becoming more common across the country, as collection companies try to convince governments that this is a painless way to get cash that will be collected only from visitors and insurance companies.
What this really amounts to is Double Taxation.
Citizens should not have to pay for a public safety service through taxes then again when they are in need of that service. For this reason, state legislatures across the country are prohibiting this gouging of taxpayers.
WHAT WE ARE ASKING
HB 2013 is close to passage. In addition to the accident response fee ban, the bill contains many other important pieces of legislation, such as a provision to improve the On-Line Verification System.
The local governments are trying to counter the ban on double taxation by confusing the issue by stating that no one in Oklahoma charges the fees (so then why object to the bill?) and that it could prevent emergency services providers for billing for ambulance runs (it won’t).
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS – BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE – ASKING THEM TO SUPPORT HB 2013.
If you do not know who your legislator is, visit http://www.capitolconnect.com/oklahoma/default.aspx
We ask that you either e-mail or call your legislator. Please give your name, company, and address, then provide the following information:
We've also provided a one-page fact sheet with more talking points.
Thank you for your efforts in preventing a huge problem before it happens.
Direct questions to NAMIC State Affairs Manager Mark Johnston.