Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Some Vetoes, Plans Return | Oklahoma News
By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press writer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature spent the last day of regular session Friday overriding several of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s vetoes, but chose not to override his veto on several key budget provisions.
Instead, lawmakers plan to return in a special session next month to consider Stitt’s proposals to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries and lower the tax rate. on personal income.
The Legislature’s plan to offer one-time cash rebates of $75 for individuals and $150 for married couples and to eliminate sales tax on motor vehicle purchases, which Stitt opposed his vetoes, will not become law since the House and Senate have not overridden these vetoes.
Stitt at a press conference on Thursday called the idea of cash rebates a “political gimmick in an election year” and said his tax cut proposals would provide more meaningful relief.
“As part of my inflation-fighting plan, families would begin saving immediately for a total of $453 a year,” the Republican governor said in a statement Friday. “I look forward to working with the Legislative Assembly on June 13 to eliminate the sales tax on groceries and reduce personal income tax.
Some Republicans are concerned about further cutting the state’s personal income tax rate because once cut, it would take a three-quarters vote of the Legislature to restore it in the event of an economic downturn.
Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall sharply criticized Stitt on Friday and said the Legislature would expand its own special session to consider other tax relief measures beyond Stitt’s proposals.
“I am appalled by the governor’s comments yesterday,” said McCall, R-Atoka. “We work for the people of the state. We don’t work for the governor.”
McCall also said he was disappointed the governor intended to recall lawmakers for a special session on June 13, just two weeks before the state’s primary election.
Among the vetoes the House and Senate successfully overruled was a bill requiring members of the governor’s cabinet and appointees to direct agencies to complete financial returns. The House and Senate also overruled his veto of a bill that would order the Department of Public Safety to recognize traffic convictions handed down by tribal courts.
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