Tulsa lawmaker wants tax deduction for fitness center members

Friday, January 9th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A state lawmaker says a tax deduction might get Oklahomans to take better care of themselves.

Representative Lucky Lamons is proposing a state income tax deduction for membership dues to fitness centers.

Preliminary estimates indicate the deduction would cost $8 to $10-million.

Lamons says obesity is now a critical public health issue and more needs to be done to encourage healthy habits.

Lamons is a former Tulsa police officer and was the fitness coordinator for the Tulsa Police Department. He's also competed in 13 marathons.