Capitol Review: Protest, Abortion, Tax Cut Bills Survive, Death Penalty Bill Does Not

Friday, March 12th 2021, 7:57 pm
By: Storme Jones


After this week's deadline for bills to pass out of their home chambers, it is essentially half time at the state Capitol. Lawmakers will take a bit of a spring break next week before the House begins taking up Senate bills and vice versa. 

Despite having support from some of the House's most conservative and liberal members, a bill to create a death row conviction integrity unit never got a hearing on the floor.  

Two bills aimed at restricting access to abortion passed out of the House Tuesday. Five similar bills passed the Senate Wednesday. 

The House advanced a bill to protect drivers fleeing a riot who unintentionally hit or kill someone. 

The House passed a half billion-dollar tax cut package Thursday. The bills would cut personal income tax by one-quarter of one percent, estimated to save the average Oklahoman $113 per year. It also restores the earned income tax credit. Another bill would phase out the Corporate Income tax.