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.
•Senate Bill 1364, which prohibits persons designated as habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a public park.
•Senate Bill 1845, which establishes procedures for preventing certain individuals, who have been determined to be mentally incompetent or mentally ill, from obtaining handgun licenses. The bill also sets up procedures for such individuals to petition to regain their ability to obtain a handgun license.
•Senate Bill 1793, which provides protections against retaliation to foster parents who file grievances, provide information to state officials or testify or assist in investigations against the state Department of Human Services or child placement agencies.
•Senate Bill 1599, which authorizes citizens who allow their private aircraft to be used for searches or criminal pursuits to be reimbursed for the cost of fuel.
For more information, go to: www.oklegislature.gov.