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Legislation Becomes Law

Legislative Update

In my last column, I gave a rundown of some of the legislation that will become law this year that will positively impact Oklahomans. This week, I want to take a closer look at some of the reforms I authored that were signed into law by the governor.

House Bill 1003 gives a sales tax exemption to the American Legion. This organization has served our state veterans, their families and our youth for more than 100 years. The American Legion in Oklahoma holds clothing drives, feeds homeless veterans, teaches our youth the value of patriotism, and they maintain a focus on national security, among so many other services.

This is legislation I hoped to pass from the moment I got into office, but a national then a state recession made that difficult until this year. It is an honor to get to reward this worthy organization in this manner.

Another bill I authored, House Bill 2051, allows retired paid firefighters to perform serve volunteer departments without it affecting their current retirement benefit and without it counting as an accrued retirement benefit against the state’s pension plan. This is a continuation of legislation I passed several years ago that eliminated the 45-year-old age limit for new volunteer firefighters by giving them the ability to join a volunteer fire department without the requirement they be added to the state’s pension plan.  



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