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Other bills being considered at the state capitol include:
• HB 2160, which would discourage “abusive and frivolous” lawsuits by schools, requiring districts to pay students’ and parents’ court costs and attorney fees when they initiate civil action or proceedings against students or parents. The bill passed the House, 55-37, and now moves to the Senate.
• HB 1914 would place a moratorium on all agencies and prohibit them from creating new fees or increasing current fees through Jan. 1. Since 2007, state fees have increased by $113 million - a 38 percent increase in less than six years. The bill was passed by the House and now moves on to the Senate.
• HB 1062 allows a handgun to be carried into an elementary or secondary school by a teacher or administrator with a certain amount of training, if the school district permits it. Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, proposed an amendment allowing vouchers to attend a private school for parents who object to the bill.
• HB 2032 calls for a quarter-point reduction to personal income tax. The current rate is 5.25 percent, and the bill would bring the rate down to an even 5 percent. Gov. Mary Fallin called for this measure in this session’s State of the State address. HB 2032 has passed the House and now moves on to the Senate.
• HB 2231 would create a disaster recovery information website that is more accessible and would allow multiple contributors, including citizens wanting to document local damage. The bill was approved 89-1 and now moves to the Senate.
• HB 1909 has also passed the House, and would require able-bodied recipients, ages 18-50, who are not disabled or raising a child, to perform at least 20 hours of work activities as a condition of receiving food stamps.