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2016 Legislative Advocacy

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2016 Legislative Advocacy

League of Women Voters of Oklahoma Advocacy Agenda

The board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma has adopted the following legislative advocacy agenda for 2016:

  • Expanding voter access and election reform
  • Adequate funding for public education
  • Access to health care for all Oklahomans, including expanding Medicaid
  • Prison and corrections reform
  • Tie: Environmental protection and tax reform

The League will continue to advocate for the following

  • Support long-term policy supporting environmental sustainability: clean air, clean water, and public transit
  • Oppose legislation that would inhibit an independent judiciary
  • Support legislation that would promote gun safety

LWVOK Legislative Watch List

The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma's Legislative Watch List as of February, 2016

  • Expanding voter access and election reform
    HB 2277 by Rep. Goodwin and SB 1042 by Sen. Matthews: Both bills would restore voting rights of convicted felons when they have fully served their sentence, including time for parole or probation
    HB 2588 by Rep. Perryman: Provides for elections to be conducted by mail
    HB 2589 by Rep. Perryman: Provides for up to 60 days of early in-person absentee voting
    HB 2592 by Rep. Perryman: Requires computerized finger imaging for voter registration (Note: LWVOK will oppose this bill if it moves out of committee)
    Hb 3196 by Munson: Provides for elections by mail
    SB 1016 by Sen. Holt and Rep. Banz: Requires Oklahoma Driver's License or State ID card for online/electronic voter registration (Note: LWVOK will oppose this bill if it moves out of committee)
  • Adequate funding for public education
    SB 1073 by Sen. Mazzei and Rep. Nollan: This bill would not fund public education directly, but it can provide more revenue for legislators to use for funding public education. SB 1073 rolls back the most recent drop in the top income top rate by stating that the tax cut cannot take effect in a year when the state faces a revenue failure. It also makes the next scheduled reduction in the top income tax rate subject to a revenue growth trigger and does away with the "double deduction" for state income taxes, one of the tax code's most needless and expensive tax breaks.
    HB 2481 by Rep. Owenby: Increases minimum teacher salary schedule for certain years of experience.
  • Access to health care for all Oklahomans, including expanding Medicaid
    SB 1372 by Sen. Sparks: Directs state to expand medicaid program
  • Prison and corrections reform
    HB 2472 by Rep. Peterson: Gives district attorneys discretion to file drug possession charges as a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
    HB 2474 by Rep. Peterson and Sen. Griffin: Would not allow denial of a provisional drivers' license due to nonpayment of court-ordered fines, fees, and penalties, allowing Oklahomans to pay off fines and fees over time while still being to drive a car to work, church or treatment program.
  • Environmental Protection
    HB 2444 by Rep. O'Donnell and Sen. Smalley: Increases Corporation Commission penalties for violations related to pipeline safety or the Hazardous Liquid Transportation System Safety Act.
    HB 2596 by Rep. Morrissette: Creates a legislative referendum for a vote of the people on creating a new state agency to construct and operate mass transit projects including rail service in the state. Such coordinated funding is crucial for effective transit development.
    SB 1222 by Sen. Sharp: The Oklahoma Solar Energy Development Act. Establishes a policy to encourage the development and utilization of solar energy for electricity generation. Requires utilities to implement net metering and allows for a one-time fee for implementation. Prohibits home owner associations from restricting solar installations. These are all sensible steps to promote safe, clean solar energy.
  • Independent Judiciary
    HJR 1037 by Rep. Calvey: Would send to a vote of the people a proposal to amend the Constitution to end merit selection of state appellate court judges and replace that system with contested elections.(Note: LWVOK will oppose this bill if it moves out of committee)
    HJR 1040 by Rep. Murphey: Would send to a vote of the people a proposal to amend the Constitution to provide term limits for Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices.(Note: LWVOK will oppose this bill if it moves out of committee)
    HB3162 by Sen. Bingman and Rep. Hickman: Would amend the Constitution to require any appointment to judicial office or intermediate appellate court to be subject to confirmation by a majority of the Senate, among onter provisions. (Note: LWVOK will oppose this proposed amendment if approved by the Legislature and sent to a vote of the people)

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Archived LWVOK Advocacy Agendas

See earlier LWVOK advocacy agendas here: