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Oct 2, 2023
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Humphrey Bill Would Remove Sales Tax on Motor Vehicle Purchases

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, has filed a bill for the upcoming special session that would remove the 1.25% sales tax on motor vehicle purchases. The move would leave in place the 3.25% excise tax paid on such purchases. "We've effectively been double taxing Oklahomans who buy a motor vehicle," Humphrey said. "With the governor's special session call to consider tax cuts, this should be an easy one to consider." Humphrey explained that five years ago, during the teacher walkout, legislators raised what was determined at the time to be a fee on the purchase of motor vehicles in order to help pay for a teacher pay raise. "Now, we're showing state coffers are flush with cash, and teachers have had several pay raises. Many, including the governor, are calling for a way to lower taxes and relieve inflation for Oklahomans. Removing this regressive tax is one way to accomplish this goal." In 2018, the Legislature passed a measure that instituted a 1.25% sales tax on motor vehicle purchases in addition to the existing 3.25% excise tax already assessed, bringing the total rate to 4.5%. Humphrey's House Bill 1015XX includes an emergency clause that would make the removal of the 1.25% sales tax on motor vehicle purchases effective upon the governor's signature. The House will convene the Second Extraordinary Session of the 59th Legislature at 11 a.m. Oct. 3.

May 26, 2023
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House Approves $12.8B State Budget

The Oklahoma House of Representatives today approved the final appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024, which begins July 1, fulfilling their constitutional duty to pass a balanced budget. The FY24 legislatively-appropriated budget is $12,866,390,628. House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said the budget includes a historic investment into K-12 education, the largest increase to higher education in recent history, six weeks of paid maternity leave for both teachers and state employees, savings from criminal justice reform to community mental health efforts, a new family caregiver tax credit, additional funding for home-based services for developmentally disabled individuals and hundreds of millions into affordable housing programs. "House Republicans started session with a to-do list we received from our constituents, and this state budget includes many of the issues we prioritized," McCall said. "This forward-thinking, innovative budget is a testament to the dedication of House Republicans to building a flourishing state for every current and future Oklahoman while also committing to fiscal responsibility by maintaining healthy state reserves. I commend Chairman Wallace, Vice Chairman Martinez, our subcommittee chairs and every member of the House for their diligent work on budget throughout session." House Appropriations & Budget Chair Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, said the budget makes a remarkable impact in numerous areas of priority. "This budget is historic on a number of fronts," Wallace said. "We've increased education funding by 21.5%, giving teachers another large pay raise, and supporting classroom learning and school safety. We've included more funding for affordable housing, health care and the Rural Economic Transportation Reliability and Optimization Fund as well as many other services to benefit all Oklahomans. We have economic incentives that will bring more investment and thousands of jobs to our state. Our agencies will have the discretion of boosting state employee pay. We're protecting state assets and lowering our debt financing going forward through our Legacy Capital Financing Fund. "I'm just enormously proud of the work of each person involved in this package, from the Speaker of the House to Vice Chairman Martinez to the members who chair and serve on our Appropriations & Budget subcommittees to our fiscal staff who have worked countless hours to draft a plan that will improve the lives of all Oklahomans in a number of positive ways." House A&B Committee Vice Chair Rep. Ryan Martinez, R-Edmond, said the budget agreement follows months of discussion. "This excellent budget is an investment in the people and the future of Oklahoma," Martinez said. "It is the result of an enormous amount of hard work by numerous legislators who took input from their constituents and turned that into a product that not only takes care of the needs of millions of Oklahomans but shows fiscal restraint and fiscal responsibility." The legislatively appropriated budget takes months to prepare. It is based on input received throughout dozens of public legislative budget hearings, hundreds of publicly-available agency budget requests, the governor's executive budget proposal introduced at the beginning of session, and the requests and input of all elected representatives, who each serve on standing budget committees and subcommittees. The largest area of the budget continues to be education, at $5.65 billion, or 43.9%. Public K-12 schools continue to be funded at the highest level in state history, $3.97 billion. Higher education receives just over $1 billion, including a $130 million, or 14.9%, state appropriation increase, the largest increase to colleges and universities in recent history. Health remains the second largest area of investment at 18.2% of the budget for a total of $2.34 billion. Human services receives the third largest apportionment, with 7.1%, or $909 million. Transportation and public safety make up 6.3% and 5.7%, respectively, of the state budget. The budget agreement is contained in House Bill 1004X, the general appropriations bill, and several other House and Senate bills passed off the House floor this week. Budget bills were approved in the First Extraordinary Session of the 59th Legislature, which runs concurrently with the regular session, which concluded Sine Die on Friday, May 26. Since budget bills were approved in the First Extraordinary Session, legislators have the option of reconvening at a later date to consider any veto overrides.

Apr 14, 2023
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School Safety Measures Move to House Floor

Two pieces of legislation designed to help improve school safety have been approved by the their House committees and could be heard on the House floor in the coming weeks. Rep. Dick Lowe, R-Amber, presented Senate Bill 100 to the House Common Education Committee and Senate Bill 101 to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee this week. Both bills were approved unanimously. Senate Bill 100 requires every school district to undergo a risk and vulnerability assessment from the Oklahoma School Security Institute or a nationally qualified risk assessor by July 1, 2026, and every five years after. The assessment must include recommendations for improving school security. Under SB100, a district, university or CareerTech must undergo a risk assessment in order to be eligible for an Oklahoma School Security Grant. If a school receives a School Security grant, it must spend grant money on items recommended by the risk assessor or provide de-escalation and behavioral threat assessment training to employees. SB101 requires the State Dept. of Education (SDE) to establish the School Resource Officer Grant Program, which will provide rural and underserved schools with startup grants for school resource officer (SRO) programs. The measure requires any SRO participating in the grant program to complete the active shooter emergency response training provided by CLEET. To qualify for a grant, a public school must: Employ an SRO or enter into a contract or memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a local law enforcement agency; and Provide 50 percent matching funds, which may be provided in partnership with a local law enforcement agency. "Time is of the essence when it comes to school safety," Lowe said. "Senate Bill 100 would help identify areas of improvement for schools in the event of a threat, and Senate Bill 101 would provide grants to help schools hire school resource officers trained for active shooter emergencies. I'm encouraged by the support of these bills and look forward to presenting them both on the House floor soon." Both bills were authored in the Senate by Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee.

Committee Members



Kevin Wallace


District 32

Rhonda Baker


District 60

Steve Bashore


District 7

Forrest Bennett


District 92

Meloyde Blancett


District 78

Jeff Boatman


District 67

Brad Boles


District 51

Jon Echols


District 90

Scott Fetgatter


District 16

Ross Ford


District 76

Regina Goodwin


District 73

Toni Hasenbeck


District 65

Brian Hill


District 47

Chris Kannady


District 91

Gerrid Kendrix


District 52

Dell Kerbs


District 26

Mark Lawson


District 30

Mark Lepak


District 9

Dick Lowe


District 56

Ken Luttrell


District 37

Mark McBride


District 53

Marcus McEntire


District 50

Nicole Miller


District 82

Anthony Moore


District 57

Cyndi Munson


District 85

Carl Newton


District 58

Monroe Nichols


District 72

Terry O'Donnell


District 23

Mike Osburn


District 81

John Pfeiffer


District 38

Melissa Provenzano


District 79

Trish Ranson


District 34

Danny Sterling


District 27

Judd Strom


District 10

Mark Vancuren


District 74

Tammy West


District 84

House Staff Assigned

John McPhetridge

Director of Fiscal & Counsel

Mark Harter

Chief Counsel