State House deadline approaches


Monday, March 10th 2008, 8:39 am
By: News 9


NEWS 9

Oklahoma House members have until Thursday to pass proposed bills through to the state Senate.  Speaker Chris Benge said members will try to hear about 230 bills before the deadline.

One of those bills is aimed at making groceries more affordable. With skyrocketing gas and food prices, one lawmaker is pushing for further tax cuts on your grocery bill.

A unanimous vote approved to exempt sales tax on food items at local farmers' markets.  State Representative Richard Morrissette wants to take that sales tax exemption a step further. Rep. Morrissette is pushing to reduce the state sales taxes on all groceries, including those from regular supermarkets.

Oklahomans pay about 8 percent sales tax to the city and the state on groceries and other retail items.  Morrissette's plan would slash the state's taxes in half, he said.

"We need to do everything we can to help working men and women at the lower end of our scale," said Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City. "We have a special sales tax for other groups, let's start in the middle and for those people who need it the most. Those are the people who need to buy groceries for their families."

The deadline to file new legislation has passed, Morrissette said he plans to add this grocery tax cut onto an existing bill. He has until that Thursday deadline to do so.