House of Representatives

Phillips Calls on AG O'Connor to Challenge Biden's Disinformation Governance Board


5/3/2022 11:08:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Logan Phillips, R-Mounds, has requested that Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor challenge the constitutionality of the Biden Administration's recently announced Disinformation Governance Board.

The board, announced last week by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, was said to have been created to combat online disinformation.

"This is a blatant attempt to silence Americans and control what the citizens of our country see and think," Phillips said. "This massive attack on free speech should terrify every American, regardless of party. My colleagues and I are calling on Attorney General O'Connor to exercise the power and funding given to him by the Legislature through the passage of House Bill 1236 to challenge this unconstitutional and un-American federal overreach."

House Bill 1236, passed by the Legislature in 2021, establishes a legislative, executive and judicial process to challenge overreaching federal actions. One of the components of the bill allows the Oklahoma attorney general to challenge federal government actions that he determines may be unconstitutional. Along with the bill, the attorney general's office received a $10M funding increase for use in funding cases brought under HB1236.

Joining Phillips in his call for the attorney general to take action are:

  • Rep. Bob Ed Culver, R-Tahlequah
  • Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa
  • Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee
  • Rep. Anthony Moore, R-Clinton
  • Rep. Mark Vancuren, R-Owasso

"From a technical perspective, it's extremely frightening that the government is trying to step in and control what we see, hear and think" Phillips said. "With the creation of this unconstitutional board, something that is more reminiscent of dystopian science fiction than our constitutional republic, Big Brother will quite literally be watching you. This modern-day McCarthyism must be stopped before it is even allowed to get up and running."