Update: Bills in the Oklahoma Legislature

Update: Bills in the Oklahoma Legislature
Modified: April 15, 2013 at 2:02 am •  Published: April 15, 2013
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Income taxes

• HB 2032 would drop the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.95 percent effective Jan. 1, 2015, and would end the practice of five popular economic tax credits from being sold to others who need to reduce their income tax liability to the state. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

• SB 585 would reduce the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.75 percent. Failed to pass a House subcommittee.

Franchise tax

• HB 1716 would repeal the state's franchise tax on businesses. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Horses

• HB 1999 allows horse slaughter but would continue the existing ban on the sale of horse meat for consumption in the state. Signed by the governor; takes effect Nov. 1.

Anti-abortion

• HB 1588 would eliminate a provision in state law that allows young women to obtain a judge's approval to get an abortion; victims of sexual or physical abuse by a parent are exempt from having to receive parental notification before an abortion. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

• HB 1361 would allow the judicial bypass procedure to remain but would require a pregnant woman under 18 to go only to a judge in the

county where she lives. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

• HB 2015 would add more questions to the Individual Abortion Form completed by the abortion provider. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Education

• HB 2131 would eliminate many of the state mandates for public schools that are not required of charter schools but would leave intact collective bargaining for teachers. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Unemployment

• HB 1919 would require terminated employees to prove they weren't fired for misconduct such as willfully disregarding regulations or chronic absenteeism in order to receive unemployment benefits. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Smoking

• SB 501 would allow cities and counties to ban smoking on properties they own or operate. Waiting to be heard in the House.

Uninsured motorists

• HB 1792 would raise fines for uninsured drivers and allow law enforcement officials to seize car tags of uninsured drivers. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

State employees

• HB 1794 would provide a $1,000 performance payment for state employees who meet performance evaluation standards. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

American Indian and Cultural Center

• SB 511 would place the agency that is overseeing the half-built American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in downtown Oklahoma City under the Oklahoma Historical Society. Not heard by a House committee; considered dormant.