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Lawmakers Change Small Biz Bill to Fit Governor's Demands

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawmakers Change Small Biz Bill to Fit Governor's Demands

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A bill to give small business owners a voice in state regulations that affect them has been recalled from the governor's desk to expand his ability to appoint members to a newly created board.
"He said he would veto it," said state Sen. Jim Maddox, D- Lawton, principal author of Senate Bill 948, the proposed Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act.
Earlier this session, House author Rep. Bob Plunk, D-Allen, said he believed Keating's concerns about similar legislation that he vetoed last year had been addressed.
"We thought we had," Maddox said Wednesday.
As the bill was sent to Keating for his signature, the governor could have appointed three members to the Small Business Regulatory Review Committee created by the bill.
"He had three, he wanted five," said Maddox.
House members amended the recalled bill Wednesday afternoon, increasing the 11-member committee to 13 members.
Plunk and Maddox chair their chambers' small business committees.
A small business is defined in the bill as "a for- profit enterprise" with 50 or fewer full- or part-time employees. …

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