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Senate Dem leadership: Bass is in; Sparks is out (access required)

A new Senate Democratic leader has been replaced by—a new Senate Democratic leader.

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Senate approves $147 million income tax cut measure deferred to 2016 (access required)

By a vote of 32-10—the latter including two Republicans—senators approved a bill Thursday that would reduce the top marginal personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2016, if revenue for FY 16 is estimated to be equal to or greater than the general revenue estimate certified in February of last year.

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‘Moral obligation’ bond issue to repair aging Capitol gains easy Senate passage (access required)

 State senators continued to whip through key 2014 session issues Thursday with passage of SB 2044, which authorizes up to $160 million in bonds to pay for structural repairs to the World War I-era Capitol building.

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Bill mandating defined contribution retirement plan for new state workers sails through Senate (access required)

Newly hired state employees would participate in a 401(k)-style retirement plan rather than the traditional pension system under a bill that passed through the Senate Wednesday afternoon.

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Fallin proposes income tax cut, pay raises for some state employees, 5 percent funding cuts to most state agencies; Dems call approach political (access required)

Most state agencies and programs will face a 5 percent funding cut if the legislature agrees to the plan outlined Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin in her State of the State address, which also calls for a 0.25-percentage-point cut in the personal income tax and salary increases for some state workers currently paid below-market wages.

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Ivester will not seek a third Senate term (access required)

The dozen Democrats in the Oklahoma Senate are losing another leader, with Sen. Tom Ivester’s announcement Thursday that he will not seek a third term.

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2014 legislative session: The Democrats (access required)

(Note: For our article on all five state leaders’ take on the issue of a state income tax reduction, click here.) House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Del City says the top umbrella issues for his caucus this session will be the health, welfare and well-being of Oklahomans through improved education, public safety and health care, which he said the …

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Jackson: House Republican leadership ready to restore income tax cut struck down by court (access required)

Tax-cut discussions among House Republican leaders are focusing on resurrecting last session’s income tax reduction, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Speaker Pro Tempore Mike Jackson said Wednesday.

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Shannon, Bingman target over-regulation and pension liability as top business issues (access required)

The greatest issue facing business in Oklahoma is over-burdensome government regulation, House Speaker T.W. Shannon says.

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Republican, Democratic legislative leaders disagree on need for judicial reform (access required)

It has been frustrating for some lawmakers to shepherd major new laws through the legislative process, only to have them judicially challenged, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, told attendees at a State Chamber forum Wednesday.

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