Deadline Week at the State Legislature is Now in the Record Books- AFR's Steve Thompson Offers Overview of the Week from an Ag ViewpointThu, 01 Mar 2018 17:11:51 CST
Deadline week is now done at the Oklahoma State Legislature- and AFR Director of Government Relations and Ag Programs Steve Thompson joins Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director to discuss what happened at the State Capitol during Week 4 of the 2018 State Legislative Session.This week is called Deadline Week because for any bill to stay alive in the weeks ahead- it must have been heard and passed out of the Committee it was assigned to. If it does not make it out of Committee, it is dead.
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Thompson says that the top issue of the week had the Agricultural groups coming together to defend the Agricultural Sales Tax Exemption, which is worth several hundred million dollars to farmers and ranchers in the state annually. He tells Hays the "Ag Sales Tax Exemption issue was discussed- a serious modification of that in the full Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday night" and Thompson says that all the Agricultural groups were engaged with a Senator from northeastern Oklahoma who was wanting to address what he considerd abuses of the Ag Sales Tax Exemption- the groups and this Senator could not see eye to eye on this proposal that would have forced an annual renewal of the tax exempt card by all farmers and ranchers- and would have placed a burden of proof on beginning farmers and ranchers to show they were in the business for profit- and would have caused them to pay the tax and then later seek a refund. The Ag groups worked with other lawmakers on the Committee- and the measure was defeated 14 to 24.
Thompson said there were some other issues that got AFR's attention during the week, including one that might disband the State Board of Agriculture. He adds they will be vetting the several hundred measures that are left to see what concerns might be lurking within the language of these proposals. Listen to Ron and Steve to get his take on what is still out there waiting to be worked on by the agricultural lobby at the State Capitol.
Each week- the Oklahoma Farm Report will be talking with one of the lobbyists representing agricultural interests at 23rd and Lincoln- and posting it on our website and spotlighting it in our daily email.
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