By State Rep. Rick West
Three of my House bills are still alive, making it through the deadline to be heard in the House and onto the Senate.
House Bill 1118 would prohibit resident aliens from being employed as peace officers. Resident aliens are people who are legally in our country but who are not U.S. citizens. I, and many others, believe these people should not be allowed to arrest or enforce laws against citizens.
House Bill 1120 will allow state agencies, departments or local offices to purchase necessary equipment or supplies from local businesses outside of the Central Purchasing Act if they are in a county without contracted vendors. The purchases still have to be documented and justification given, but this frees them up and should save them some money, and it just makes good sense.
House Bill 2930 modifies the Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Grant/Loan Program. This was a request from the Dept. of Agriculture to better meet the needs of the industry, and it also creates new opportunities for our veterans and first-time farmers.
Also during deadline week, we passed a few bills that will lower both individual income taxes and corporate income taxes.
House Bill 2041 decreases the personal income tax rate by .25%. The bill is structured to give all Oklahomans, regardless of income level, a break on their taxes going forward. House Bill 2083 will eliminate the corporate income tax by lowering it 20% each of the next five years.
We’ve built a surplus of about $1 billion, and we’ve funded core services. It’s time to give our taxpayers back some of their money. This will stimulate the economy while giving our taxpayers freedom to spend their income as they wish. Eliminating the corporate tax will help us attract new businesses to our state and allow those that call our state home to reinvest more of their money in their own workforces.
Last week, we passed several resolutions on the House floor to assert our state’s Tenth Amendment rights in response to what is happening in Washington, D.C.
House Resolution 1009 reasserts state sovereignty and the state’s authoritative powers under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and declares (U.S.) House Resolution 1 to exceed the authorities granted to the U.S. Congress. H.R.1 is an attempt to usurp our state’s election processes, and we simply can’t allow it.
House Resolution 1010 reasserts our state’s sovereignty and the people’s reserved powers under the Tenth Amendment, declaring (U.S.) House Resolution 8 a clear violation of the limitations placed on the federal government prescribed in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. H.R. 8 contradicts our citizens’ Fourth Amendment right to be secure in their persons and effects as well as their Fifth Amendment right to due process of law.
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- Rick West represents District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes part of LeFlore County.