Oklahoma Legislature: House Democratic lawmaker claims a GOP legislator took his idea

A bill authored by a Republican House member that encourages Oklahoma businesses to hire veterans is on its way to the Senate.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: March 8, 2013
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“It's going to help military veterans get hired and that's the important thing,” he said. “Whether it's an R or a D in front of the name that gets the credit, that's irrelevant for me.”

Proctor said he is frustrated because one of his constituents, Marine Sgt, Shane Hannaford, who served seven tours of duty in Iraq and is the recipient of two Purple Hearts, had helped with the legislation but was denied an opportunity during the subcommittee hearing to speak.

Proctor's bill, House Bill 1064, would have required companies to have at least 10 percent of military veterans as new employees if they were to receive incentives from the state's Quality Jobs Act.

Hall's measure, HB 1416, would modify the net benefits related to the Quality Jobs Act by increasing the rate from 5 to 6 percent for companies that have at least 10 percent of their gross annual payroll going to veterans.

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 87-6 to pass HB 1416; Proctor voted for it. HB 1416 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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I was working with the Department of Commerce on some other workforce bills and it just so happened that that was the way we decided to go, with a free-market approach on that principle.”

Rep. Elise Hall,
R-Oklahoma City

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