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Carl's Capitol Comments


February 5, 2020

Well, it’s here again. By the time you read this, the first week of the second session of the 57th Legislature will be underway. The second session is different in that bills not heard in the first session can still be presented in the second. Whereas, any bill this second session must be passed and signed by the governor shortly after session ends or the author will have to restart the process.

We hit the ground running this year. Personally, I plan to present a bill in committee on Tuesday. Most years, committees do not start hearing bills until the second week at the earliest. The quicker we get things started, though, the quicker we can complete our work and get back to our districts. We are not going to rush through things, but are just making sure we are good stewards of our time at the Capitol.

As in past years, most of my bills are coming as constituent requests. One of those would allow farmers having three or more vehicles to be able to renew all farm vehicle tags in one visit to the tag agent versus numerous visits throughout the year. This in no way will force any farmer to do this unless they so desire. We passed a similar bill last year for commercial vehicles.

Another proposed piece of legislation would be an incentive to beginning farmers. It would provide a $1,000 per year tax credit for single persons or $2,000 per year tax credit for married farmers for the first five years. The motivation for this bill is to help new farmers get established. This will be only available to those where the majority of their income comes from farming operations.

The reason behind this legislation is we often incentivize large companies to settle in Oklahoma. Most of those settle into large cities, which doesn’t provide much benefit to rural Oklahoma. Our rural communities are continuously losing more and more farm families. I hope this will draw young families back to rural Oklahoma. I realize it is not a cure all, but anything we can do to keep our rural communities strong we should try.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need my help. You can reach me at 405-557-7339 or We will be having a meeting of Concerned Citizens for Crabtree at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Timberlake High School Auditorium. I hope you will be able to attend. Thanks for all you do. May God Bless You and Oklahoma.


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