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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes domestic violence fund checkoff over duplication concerns

A checkoff for a domestic violence legal aid fund was vetoed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin because it’s similar to another fund already in place.
by Rick Green Modified: May 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm •  Published: May 10, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would set up an income tax checkoff to help pay for legal aid for victims of domestic violence. She said the fund would be redundant.

There is already a checkoff on income tax forms for taxpayers who wish to contribute part of their tax refund to a fund for victims of domestic violence, said Alex Weintz, her spokesman.

Having two similar funds in the checkoff program could cause one or both to fail to reach donation requirements needed for a fund to stay in the program, Weintz said.

Fallin’s rejection of House Bill 2527 was her 25th veto of this legislative session, the most since she became governor.

She has signed 261 bills into law.

Other bills signed

House Bill 1384, which establishes a “Parents’ Bill of Rights.” The bill largely duplicates existing state law, but one of its authors, Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said it was important to highlight that parents have the fundamental right of being in charge of their children’s upbringing.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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