State Question 640

A bill lowering the threshold for lawmakers to raise revenue failed in a Senate committee on Wednesday.

House Joint Resolution 1050 would have allowed voters to lower the legislative threshold from three-fourths to two-thirds.

The bill’s author, Senator Kim David says lawmakers’ hands have been tied since State Question 640 was passed in 1992.

A bill being filed for the upcoming legislative session would make it easier for lawmakers to raise revenue.

Representative Harold Wright is authoring House Joint Resolution 1032, which drops the threshold to raise revenue from 75 percent down to 60 percent.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court justices considered arguments Tuesday that challenged the constitutionality of four bills passed during this year’s legislative session.

The legal challenges throw into question millions of dollars of state revenue that fund government agencies.

Twenty-five years ago, a majority of Oklahoma’s voters thought it was a good idea.

Today, not so much.

Back in 1992, following the passage of a controversial education funding and reform measure, House Bill 1017, Oklahoma voters pushed back against the tax increase with a state question that pretty much stopped all future tax increases.

Gary Richardson, a Republican candidate for Oklahoma governor in 2018, is filing a lawsuit disputing the constitutionality of three House Bills recently signed into law.

The bills add new fees onto electric or compressed natural gas vehicles, automobile purchases, and some tax return filings.