Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola, today held an interim study on property rights, specifically looking at the parameters of the Oklahoma Landlord, Tenant Act. He says the act has been subverted by activist judges and the Center for Disease Control’s moratorium on evictions that was found unconstitutional.
“In this interim study, we wanted to give a voice to the small, mom-and-pop landlords and hear from national and state experts on this issue,” Gann said. “Landlord property rights have been violated, and our freedoms are under attack like never before.”
He opened the study by quoting from the recent court opinion and order of the United States District Court of Eastern Texas, in Terkel v. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which on Page 2 states, “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium. It did not do so during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic. Nor did it invoke such a power during the exigencies of the Great Depression. Id. The federal government has not claimed such a power at any point during our Nation’s history until last year.”
As late as July 21, Gann noted an article by Christian Datoc that quoted a statement from an opinion in the Washington Times: “The White House is working with states and local governments to ‘develop a new National infrastructure’ to provide rental aid and prevent restrictions in the future once the moratorium expires.”