Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 17, 2019
Sen. Roger Thompson presents HB 1003 on the Senate Floor Wednesday.
Senate unanimously approves American Legion tax break
The full Senate has given unanimous approval in the
Senate for legislation exempting the American Legion from state
sales taxes on goods and services. House Bill 1003, by Senate Appropriations
Thompson and House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, was approved
by the full Senate on Wednesday.
“Twice this session, members of the Legislature, Governor
Stitt and Lt. Governor Pinnell have gathered to honor Oklahoma’s
veterans. With the passage of this bill, we follow our words with
actions, supporting the American Legion which provides so much support
to our veterans every day of the year,” said Thompson, R-Okemah.
Thompson noted that for years, Blue Star Mothers and Veterans of
Foreign Wars have had this benefit. Thompson said this legislation
corrects that oversight. He said extending the sales tax exemption
to the American Legion would only have a fiscal impact of $287,000.
The measure also was approved on a unanimous vote by the House last
"The American Legion has been in Oklahoma for 100 years serving
our state veterans and their families as well as our youth through
a variety of patriotic education programs and outreach ministries,”
said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. "The Legion also promotes a mission
of strong national security. I’m glad to finally give them
the same tax-exempt status that other organizations with similar
missions already have."
There are 180 American Legion posts throughout Oklahoma and an auxiliary
with 143 units. American Legion services include benefits assistance,
career fairs and workshops, guidance on education, health care,
and personal finance and plays an active role in communities across
“This bill now goes to Governor Stitt for his signature, and
we hope he will stand with us in supporting our veterans,”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Thompson: (405) 521-5588