Okla. tax cut, Capitol repair bill to take effect

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Legislation that will ultimately provide for a 2015 Oklahoma income tax reduction and fund repairs to the state Capitol is one more than 70 bills that take effect Monday.

The bill diverts $120 million in state income tax collections over the next two fiscal years to pay for a major overhaul of the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol that houses the Oklahoma Legislature and several other state agencies.

Among the other bills taking effect Monday are several school safety measures passed in the wake of last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Other bills appropriate funds to various state agencies, exempt beekeepers from state inspections, require continuing education for school board members, and increase the penalties for littering and for cutting or damaging fences.

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