The Senate on May 22 completed the first session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature one week ahead of schedule.
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman said the session included numerous important achievements, including the following:
- The creation of a system that will provide regular, independent evaluations of tax credits and economic incentives to determine which are working and which are not
- A balanced budget that preserves funding for education and includes much-needed apportionment reform
- A plan to borrow $25,000,000.00 to fund construction of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, better known as OKPOP in Tulsa
- A plan to borrow $25,000,000.00 to finish construction of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, end the state’s ongoing appropriations for operations, and ultimately divest the state of the property in Oklahoma City
- Legislation to bring fairness to tax credits for the wind industry