Chicken-Fried News: Call it improvements! 

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Are lawmakers finally getting serious about their role in creating legislation to help the citizens of Oklahoma?

We at Chicken-Fried News wish we could answer that question by nodding our heads, giving a thumbs-up and yelling the word yes. Unfortunately, we can’t do that just yet.

However, we do see some positive growth from our lawmakers.

Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Colgate, who authored a bill to bring covenant marriage to the state last year, filed legislation to amend the law that requires a portion of public construction projects to set aside money for public art installations. Under Senate Bill 884, the requirement for 1.5 percent of each building’s costs going to the Oklahoma Arts Council would be canceled in years when the state faces a budget shortfall, according to NewsOK.

Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie, who once pushed a measure to require public bathrooms to display anti-abortion signs, filed legislation to limit income tax credits for wind power generation and other zero-emission electricity sources, the newspaper reported.

Sen. Michael Bergstrom, R-Adair, who proposed a Senate resolution to ask voters to decide whether public money or property could be used for a Ten Commandments monument, filed a bill to limit the time period for claiming zero-emission tax credits.

We know these proposed bills won’t find favor with everyone, like arts advocates and supporters of wind energy and alternative energy. But it is worth applauding these lawmakers for focusing on issues like revenue and the budget and not spending time on issues surrounding marriage, abortion and Ten Commandment monuments on state property when the state budget is millions in the hole.

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