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House Passes Bill on Tax for New Auto Purchases

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

House Passes Bill on Tax for New Auto Purchases

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New car buyers would pay state excise tax based on the "bottom line" sticker price under House Bill 1840, passed 97-0 Tuesday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 1840, principally authored by Rep. Emil Grieser, D-Hobart, now goes to the Senate. Under the measure, the price used for taxation purposes would be the manufacturer's factory delivered price, plus the value of all extra or optional equipment and accessories on the vehicle, minus any portion of optional equipment deducted by the dealer as a discount package.

Rep. Dwayne Steidley, D-Claremore, struck the bill's enacting clause because he said a study needs to be made of the bill's potential financial impact on state revenue.

Lawmakers also acted on bills dealing with application of sewage sludge to farm land, bingo regulation and surface damage lawsuits relating to oil and gas production.

Senate Joint Resolution 39, which would impose a four-year ban on giving the green light to application of New York sewage sludge to Oklahoma farm land in the Thomas area, passed the Senate 46-0 and now goes to the House. The measure, principally co-authored by Sen. Paul Muegge, D-Tonkawa, and Bill Widener, D-Weatherford, calls for a study by a "qualified research institute" of potential harm that could be caused to crops and soil.

The sludge in question is expected to contain heavy metal concentrations which are higher than those of sludge currently used on state soils.

House Bill 2030, passed 96-0 by the House on Tuesday, would forbid application of out-of-state municipal wastewater sludge onto soil if the site was over a groundwater resource or recharge area. Authored by Widener, the bill now goes to the Senate.

House Bill 2312, which would create a Bingo Licensing Act, passed the House by 95-0. Rep. Howard Cotner, D-Altus, principal author of the bill, had the bill's title stricken so it will ultimately return to the House for a final vote. …

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