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Effective Date

The effective date of a bill is the date upon which it actually becomes law, which is usually specified in the last section of the legislation. Some bills specify different effective dates for different sections of the bill. A bill… Read more [More...]

Filibuster

A filibuster is a political procedure in which one or more members of a legislative body prolong debate, or threaten to prolong debate on a legislative measure, so as to delay or prevent a vote being taken. In the United… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma Parental Choice Tax Credit Act

The Oklahoma Parental Choice Tax Credit Act, passed as HB 1934 during the 2023 legislative session, provides tax credits to parents who send their children to private school, as well as a tax credit for homeschooled students. The amount of… Read more [More...]

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8) is the nation’s largest housing assistance program. Under the program, eligible recipients receive housing vouchers that they can use to rent apartments or homes from participating… Read more [More...]

Balanced Budget Amendment

The Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that aims to constrain federal spending by various means, including prohibiting annual federal outlays from exceeding receipts. BBA legislation has been introduced regularly in Congress since… Read more [More...]

Concurrent Resolution

A concurrent resolution is a measure passed by both legislature chambers to ex¬≠press facts, principles, opinions, wishes and purposes of the legislature. Concurrent resolu¬≠tions are also used to memorialize the president, congress, cabinet members or federal agencies on a certain… Read more [More...]

Joint Resolution

A joint resolution is a resolution passed by both houses of the legislature which, if signed by the Governor, has the force and effect of law. Some Oklahoma case law suggests that joint resolutions may only be used for temporary… Read more [More...]

Straight-Ticket Voting (Straight-Party Voting)

Oklahoma allows straight-party voting, also known as straight-ticket voting, in general elections. Straight-party voting enables a voter to select one political party’s complete slate of candidates for every office by making a single mark on his or her ballot. Oklahoma… Read more [More...]

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax is Oklahoma’s largest single revenue source for state government. Oklahoma first levied an income tax in 1915. The top income tax rate has been cut repeatedly since the late 1990s, and most recently was lowered to… Read more [More...]

LEAD (Large-scale Economic Activity and Development) Act

The LEAD (Large-scale Economic Activity and Development ) Act is legislation passed by the Oklahoma Legislature in April 2022 in an effort to incentivize a major manufacturer to build a massive electric vehicle battery factory in the MidAmerica Industrial Park… Read more [More...]