Oklahoma lawmakers face deadline to renew tribal compacts
(KTEN) — Oklahoma lawmakers are hoping to extend a tobacco tax compact with the state's tribal nations.
House Bills 2898 and 2899 would let tribal governments extend their tobacco, vehicle registration, and motor fuels compacts until January 2028. If passed, these measures would block Gov. Kevin Stitt from re-negotiating the deals during his term in office.
"Without the continuation of these compacts, there would be a decrease in state revenues, affecting the state budget," House staff wrote in an analysis of the proposed legislation.
According to HB 2898, the State of Oklahoma has entered into many compacts with tribal nations related to taxation of tobacco sales.
In order for the two bills to become law, both chambers will need to vote on both measures.
Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton issued a written statement regarding the tobacco tax compact.
"The Choctaw Nation does not have the authority to run legislation, but the Oklahoma Legislature understands the importance of these compacts and chose to act."
The current session of the Oklahoma Legislature is scheduled to conclude this Friday.