Once again it is that time to select the legislation that was passed or attempted to be passed in the Oklahoma Legislature that best shows the underbelly of Oklahoma Politics. The annual Trump Index compares these bills to how President Trump would have supported the issue.
Our philosophy has always been that this isn't a pat on the back for the legislators for what they did right. They are expected to do what is right; the Trump Index is a list of what they did wrong.
If you have a bill that you would like to be considered please email it to soonerteaparty @gmail.com, give us the number of the bill and tell us why President Trump wouldn't have supported such legislation.
Below are some of the bills that are being considered for inclusion in the 2021 Trump Index. As long as their is a floor vote the bill can be considered but there doesn't have to be both House and Senate votes, one will do fine as the House and Senate Trump Indexes are usually different.
2021 Trump Index bills already under consideration
House Bill 1002, by Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa , extends statute of limitations on child abuse crimes would also allow up to 30 years for suits against "an entity, institution, organization, agency, firm, business, or corporation" with some responsibility for the injury.
SB838is a bad bill that sets an even worse precedent. Fire, police, and emergency medical services are among the most basic functions of a municipal government and are already funded through sales taxes. But municipal lobbyists want to free up those sales taxes for pet projects and need a new revenue stream in order to do that. SB838 will give it to them, allowing cities and towns to raise property taxes by up to 5 mills on top of county property taxes. Property tax increases don't just harm homeowners and business owners: they harm renters when those expenses are passed on to them. A No vote is correct
HB 1647 This is the bill that attempted to get the non profit soft on crime pre trial release programs on the same level playing ground as the bail bondsmen have to work with. If a non profit wants to help turn thugs loose upon society then they need to be accountable and track each criminal they help turn loose and report if they show up for court or commit another crime while out on their supervision. The total cost to the defendant being supervised is also required to be reported along with how much has been paid. A Yes vote is a correct vote.
HB2645 This bill severely restricts existing Open Carry and concealed carry rights by expanding the places where guns are not allowed. A No vote is correct
HB 2273 This bill makes it a felony to film a cop or out one for bad behavior. A No vote is a correct vote.
SB 644 this bill gives county employees special gun carry rights that are not allowed to regular citizens. A no vote is a correct vote.
SB 608 is another Oklahoma film credit bill that gives tax credits to those filming in the state. A No vote is a correct vote
SB 320 releases criminals for medical reasons. A No vote is a correct vote.
June 13, 2021 at 07:48PM
Time to Hold the Oklahoma Legislators Accountable Again
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