Oklahoma Capitol news briefs for Feb. 26, 2013

Oklahoma Capitol news briefs for Tuesday.
Published: February 26, 2013

Orphan care bill wins support

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.


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