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Copyright 2007 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Chamber of Commerce
June 7, 2007
Representative Earl Sears
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District 11 Representative Explained Legislative Process
~3000 Bills Whittled to 371 In 90-Day Session
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.
Appropriations (By Committee):
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
2008 drop from 5.55% to 5.50%
2009 drop from 5.50% to 5.25%
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).
To Meet June 21st