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Copyright 2007 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma

Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
June 7, 2007
State Representative Earl Sears
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Oklahoma District 11 Representative Explained Legislative Process
~3000 Bills Whittled to 371 In 90-Day Session
Rep. Earl Sears
Next Chamber meeting is July 5th at City Park
City Worker Appreciation Picnic

With his first 90-day (Feb-May) legislative session under his belt Rep. Earl Sears visited with the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce today. Sears described the lengthy process of over 3000 bills being introduced early in the session to only 371 that made it all the way beyond the Governor's desk. Some of those bills even made multiple trips to the Governor with revisions after being vetoed.

With only limited time today Rep. Sears cited these bills as the most significant: $7.1 Billion State Budget, Abortion, Tort Reform, Tax Relief, Teacher Retirement Fund Replenishment, Education Funding, Jessica's Law, Oklahoma Bio-Fuel Development, and Immigration.

Rep. Sears continues to solicit feedback and questions from his Collinsville constituents and says it has been an honor serving us.

Previous Coverage:

FY-08 Oklahoma Appropriations (By Committee):
53.3% Education
16.2% Public Helath
11.2% Judiciary / Public Safety
9.9% Human Services
5.2% General Government & Transportation
...etc... others each less than 2% each

Oklahoma Tax Relief:
Accelerate Income Tax Reduction
2008 drop from 5.55% to 5.50%
2009 drop from 5.50% to 5.25%
Alternative Child Credit
Expand Exemptions from Franchise tax and reduces franchise tax base.
3-day sales tax holiday (starts first Friday in August) for clothing and footware with a sales price of less than $100. Exempts purchases from local sales tax (to be reimbursed with state funding).
Chamber Board
To Meet June 21st