Bill to provide financial impact of state questions becomes law

Mike Seals - April 27, 2021 10:30 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to ensure Oklahomans are informed about the costs associated with a state question and where that funding could come from is now law.  Senate Bill 947, by Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City, was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday.

“We’ve worked diligently to increase fiscal transparency and accountability in state government.  This really is an extension of this effort,” Rosino said.  “This will simply make sure that if a state question has a cost, it has to say so on the ballot description as well as how it could be paid for.  This is basic information citizens should have in order to make informed decisions when they cast their ballots.”

Under SB 947, ballot titles would have to include information about whether a state question would have a fiscal impact, including the amount and where the funding could come from, such as federal funding, or a legislative appropriation, which may require a new tax, an increase of an existing tax, or elimination of existing services. The requirement would apply to state questions created by the initiative petition process as well as those submitted by the Legislature.

“Before Oklahomans vote on a question that could result in new state law, they should be aware if there will be a potential cost and possible sources of funding. This bill ensures they have that information,” West said.  “I’m thankful to Senator Rosino and the governor for helping pass this common-sense legislation.”

SB 947 will take effect Nov. 1, 2021.

For more information, contact:  Sen. Paul Rosino at 405-521-5618 or email [email protected].

 

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