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How they voted: House Bill 1054X falls short by just five votes

The bill would’ve given teachers and state workers a raise, but some were saying it didn’t do enough to make a dent in Oklahoma’s deficit and wasn’t worth the additional tax burden it would have put on Oklahomans.

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You already know that the House Bill that was supposed to give teachers a $3,000 pay raise but also raise taxes on gas, cigarettes and low-point beer failed to pass. But readers are asking, “how did my guy vote?”

See the answer in the table we’ve provided below.

State Representative Mark Lawson voted for the bill, and is obviously disappointed that it didn’t pass.

“The overwhelming majority of the constituents I’ve talked to during both regular and special session this year have advocated for two things: 1) fix the budget and 2) give teachers a raise. The vote yesterday addressed both of those,” he said.

“The longer this special session has kept going, the more dire the situation has become for many families and individuals in the district,” he continued.

“Without proper funding, CREOKS will very likely have to release 16 patients who are currently receiving treatment because they are homicidal or suicidal. I️ have fielded hundreds of emails and phone calls from elderly constituents who will be forced into already overcrowded nursing homes if they lose their ADvantage waiver. Then, there are several people with disabilities who will no longer be able to work or live independently without the current services they receive.

“This vote wasn’t about a legislator’s desire to raise taxes. It was about protecting the most vulnerable people in our state, which we are constitutionally sworn to do. I️ voted for the people of District 30 yesterday because, in the deepest part of my heart, it was the right thing to do.” Lawson said.

The amended bill in the Senate includes the following revenue provisions:

  • a $1.50 tax on cigarettes
  • modifications to tax stamp rules on cigarettes
  • tax rate modification on “little cigars”
  • a new tax on chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and snuff
  • a $0.06 increase on the gas and diesel tax
  • and a change to the taxation of low-point beer
  • an increase in the gross production tax incentive rate from 2 percent to 4 percent

The revenue bill had been the trigger necessary for a $3,000 teacher pay raise, a $1,000 public employee pay raise and the restoration of the earned income tax credit.

How they voted

Representative District Party Yea/Nay
Tadlock, Johnny 1 D Yea
Bennett, John 2 R Absent
West, Rick 3 R Nay
Meredith, Matt 4 D Yea
West, Josh 5 R Yea
Hoskin, Chuck 6 D Yea
Loring, Ben 7 D Yea
Gann, Tom 8 R Nay
Lepak, Mark 9 R Yea
Dunlap, Travis 10 R Nay
Sears, Earl 11 R Yea
McDugle, Kevin 12 R Yea
Frix, Avery 13 R Yea
Faught, George 14 R Nay
Cannaday, Ed 15 D Yea
Fetgatter, Scott 16 R Yea
Renegar, Brian 17 D Yea
Condit, Donnie 18 D Yea
Humphrey, Justin 19 R Yea
Cleveland, Bobby 20 R Nay
Roberts, Dustin 21 R Yea
McCall, Charles 22 R Yea
O’Donnell, Terry 23 R Nay
Kouplen, Steve 24 D Nay
Thomsen, Todd 25 R Yea
Kerbs, Dell 26 R Yea
Cockroft, Josh 27 R Yea
Taylor, Zack 28 R Yea
Hilbert, Kyle 29 R Yea
Lawson, Mark 30 R Yea
Murphey, Jason 31 R Nay
Wallace, Kevin 32 R Yea
Babinec, Greg 33 R Yea
Williams, Cory 34 D Nay
Casey, Dennis 35 R Yea
Roberts, Sean 36 R Nay
Vaughan, Steve 37 R Yea
Pfeiffer, John 38 R Yea
Martinez, Ryan 39 R Yea
Caldwell, Chad 40 R Yea
Enns, John 41 R Nay
Downing, Tim 42 R Nay
Jordan, John Paul 43 R Yea
Virgin, Emily 44 D Yea
Griffith, Claudia 45 D Yea
Rosecrants, Jacob 46 D Yea
Osborn, Leslie 47 R Yea
Ownbey, Pat 48 R Yea
Hardin, Tommy 49 R Nay
McEntire, Marcus 50 R Yea
Vacant 51 na N/A
Ortega, Charles 52 R Yea
McBride, Mark 53 R Nay
West, Kevin 54 R Nay
Russ, Todd 55 R Yea
Perryman, David 56 D Yea
Wright, Harold 57 R Yea
Newton, Carl 58 R Yea
Sanders, Mike 59 R Yea
Baker, Rhonda 60 R Yea
Murdock, Casey 61 R Yea
Montgomery, John 62 R Yea
Coody, Jeff 63 R Nay
Worthen, Rande 64 R Yea
Park, Scooter 65 R Yea
Nollan, Jadine 66 R Yea
McEachin, Scott 67 R Nay
Mulready, Glen 68 R Yea
Strohm, Chuck 69 R Nay
Bush, Carol 70 R Yea
Henke, Katie 71 R Yea
Nichols, Monroe 72 D Yea
Goodwin, Regina 73 D Yea
Derby, Dale 74 R Nay
Gaddis, Karen 75 D Yea
Vacant 76 na N/A
Proctor, Eric 77 D Nay
Blancett, Meloyde 78 D Yea
Watson, Weldon 79 R Yea
Ritze, Mike 80 R Nay
Osburn, Mike 81 R Yea
Calvey, Kevin 82 R Nay
McDaniel, Randy 83 R Yea
West, Tammy 84 R Yea
Munson, Cyndi 85 D Yea
Fourkiller, William 86 D Yea
Walke, Collin 87 D Yea
Dunnington, Jason 88 D Yea
Stone, Shane 89 D Nay
Echols, Jon 90 R Yea
Kannady, Chris 91 R Yea
Bennett, Forrest 92 D Yea
Dollens, Mickey 93 D Yea
Inman, Scott 94 D Nay
Ford, Roger 95 R Yea
Moore, Lewis 96 R Nay
Lowe, Jason 97 D Yea
Rogers, Michael 98 R Nay
Young, George 99 D Yea
Hall, Elise 100 R Yea
Teague, Tess 101 R Nay

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About the Author

Micah's the owner and proprietor of Sapulpa Times and passionate about Sapulpa, her people and her businesses. You can find him on Twitter at @meetmicah or email him at news@sapulpatimes.com.

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