Oklahoma tire recyclers bill sparks heated debate

A bill lifting the cap on the percentage of tire recycling fees that can go to reimburse Oklahoma tire recycling businesses for their capital costs passed the state House Tuesday, despite heated opposition.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 4, 2014
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A bill lifting the 10 percent cap on the amount of tire recycling fees that can go to reimburse Oklahoma tire recycling businesses passed the state House Tuesday despite heated opposition.

“This is a bad bill. It’s as simple as that,” said state Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City.

Reynolds said tire recycling legislation was originally designed to provide incentives to clean up waste tire dumps around the state.

Mike Jackson, House author of the bill, said those dumps have pretty much been cleaned up now, freeing up money that can now be reallocated so that a greater portion can be used to reimburse Oklahoma tire recycling business for their capital costs.

Reynolds argued it would be better to reduce the $2.50 or $3.50 recycling fee Oklahomans pay every time they purchase a tire or register a vehicle for the first time in the state.

“The fee should be eliminated,” Reynolds said. “Instead, we are taking off the cap. ... It is impossible to believe that citizens should be charged with reimbursing tire recycling facilities 100 percent of their capital costs.”

House Bill 3102 passed by a vote of 61-28 and will now go to the state Senate.

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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