Familiar issues such as lowering the state's personal income tax rate, changing the workers' compensation system and deciding when life begins greet lawmakers during this year's session.
Legislators are digging up older proposals, as well, such as seeking to exempt guns and ammunition made in Oklahoma from federal regulations and banning dog breeds.
One idea shows just how much Oklahoma lawmakers like guns, which are being scrutinized on the federal level.
A legislator wants to create a sales tax holiday for guns and ammo one weekend in September.
Those and many more are among the 2,378 bills and 77 joint resolutions filed by Thursday's deadline for the first session of the 54th Oklahoma Legislature. The bills do not include appropriation measures, which under Senate rules are not subject to the same deadlines.
By the deadline, 1,119 bills and 34 joint resolutions were filed in the Senate and 1,259 bills and 43 joint resolutions in the House of Representatives.
Usually, about 20 percent of the filed measures make it into law. Last year, the governor acted on about 400 measures.
About 200 more bills were filed this year compared with two years ago, the start of the 53rd Legislature, when 2,137 bills and 85 joint resolutions were filed.
The session starts Feb. 4 and is scheduled to run through the last Friday in May. Lawmakers could adjourn earlier.
Oklahoma would have a Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday under House Bill 1312 by Rep. John Enns, R-Enid. The measure would exempt guns, ammunition and hunting supplies from sales tax during transactions taking place the first weekend of September.
It's among more than 20 measures dealing with guns. HB 1059, by Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, would allow the carrying of firearms into government meetings but not into governmental buildings that have metal detectors and security officers, such as the Capitol.
Senate Bill 161, by Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, would provide for the manufacturing or assembly of firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition in the state. But the items cannot be sold or taken outside the state. Lawmakers passed a similar measure in 2010, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Brad Henry because he said it would have exempted those gun buyers from federal criminal background checks and other regulatory safeguards.
SB 548, by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, would protect the right of Oklahomans to keep and bear arms by opposing laws and regulations from the federal government intended to take them away. He's also proposed SB 552 which would allow any Oklahoman at least 21 years old and who is not a felon to keep a handgun in their vehicle for self-defense purposes.
The Republican-controlled Legislature, which has made changes in workers' compensation a priority since gaining control of both chambers in 2008, will take up a measure proposing an overhaul of the system. HB 1362 by Rep. Arthur Hulbert, R-Fort Gibson, would change the workers' compensation system from a judicial system to an administrative one.
Lawmakers will pick up where they left off last year in trying to decide how to pay for renovating and repairing the state Capitol and completing the American Indian Museum and Cultural Center.
Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, has a couple of ideas how to pay for the Capitol repairs and renovation. HB 1129 would appropriate $153 million to pay for the work; House Joint Resolution 1008 would let voters decide in 2014 whether the state would authorize a $153 million bond issue.
Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, has proposed two new ideas to pay for completing the half-built American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. SB 482 would authorize a $32 million bond issue and Senate joint Resolution 9 would let voters decide whether the state should pursue a bond issue.
Another attempt will be made to pass personhood legislation, which holds that individual rights and constitutional protections begin at conception. HB 1029, by Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, is similar to last year's measure that caused an emotional battle in the House before it failed to get a vote on the floor. Reynolds also last year backed a resolution with the same language, but the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional because it would interfere with a woman's right to an abortion.
Among another attempt to lower the state's personal income tax is SB 240, which would replace Oklahoma's income tax structure with a flat tax of 2.95 percent. House Democrats already have come out against the measure, saying it would lower taxes for the rich while raising them for everyone else.
Anderson also has filed SB 32, which would allow cities and towns to ban any breed of dog. It's considered an attempt to allow cities and towns to ban pit bull terriers. State law doesn't allow breed-specific bans. Legislative efforts to ban pit bull terriers in 2006 failed.