The House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed a bill that is intended to help orphans. The committee voted 20-1 to pass House Bill 1919, by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton. It would allow Oklahomans to deduct contributions to churches if those funds were used by the church for the care of orphaned children. A single person could deduct up to $2,500 in donations a year and married persons filing jointly up to $5,000. The proposed deduction would take effect Jan. 1. HB 1919 now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will determine if it will advance to the full House.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU