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Oklahoma House passes bill to help disadvantaged children with clothing

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 19:54:21-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bipartisan bill aimed at helping disadvantaged children is heading to the governor's desk.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 236 on Wednesday.

The measure, authored by Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman and Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, provides a sales tax exemption for clothing sales to a nonprofit that distributes clothing to disadvantaged children through a program called Operation School Bell.

Officials said Assistance League Tulsa, a local nonprofit, runs the program and works with schools to identify students who need clothes. Then, the organization buses the students to its building, where they get to shop for new clothes for free.

“This is the most 'helping kids' bill you could dream up,” Rosecrants said. “The Assistance League and Operation School Bell do a great job providing clothing for disadvantaged children and have been doing so for the past 45 years.”

For more information about Assistance League Tulsa, click here.

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