Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol.
This past week was important in determining what legislators will be able to accomplish this session. It was the deadline for getting bills past their first committee hearing. There are plenty of ways for ideas to be resurrected during the legislative process, but if bills were intentionally not heard or defeated in their first committee assignment, it’s unlikely the idea will survive this session.
When session started I thought legislators would surely submit to a vote of the people a change in the 75 percent requirement for raising taxes by the Legislature. SQ 640, imposing this requirement, is a relic of the 1980s and 1990s when Oklahoma’s economic conditions were similar, but worse than today.
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