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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs, April 25

Oklahoma state Capitol briefs, April 25
Modified: April 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: April 24, 2013

State school board member resigns

Joy Hofmeister, a member of the state Board of Education, said Wednesday she is resigning from the post and is pursuing a potential bid for state schools superintendent. Hofmeister, a Republican, was appointed in January 2012 by Gov. Mary Fallin. A former public school teacher, Hofmeister, 48, of Tulsa, is president of a company that owns and operates a local franchise of the international firm that provides academic enrichment in mathematics and reading to children.

Tax credit measure advances

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would eliminate two tax credits. Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, said Senate Bill 166 will be a vehicle to target at least changing the makeup of tax credits. Language in the measure now calls for eliminating a tax credit on energy systems, which hasn't been used since 1995, and another involving food service establishment employers providing hepatitis immunizations for employees, which costs the state $14,000 annually. Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, who has led an unsuccessful effort the past several years to eliminate or reduce millions of dollars of tax credits and incentives, said SB 166 is like “shooting a gnat with a cannon.” The House voted 89-5 to pass SB 166.

Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau