The Latest: Oklahoma House sends spending bills to Senate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Latest on the Oklahoma Legislature’s special session to fill a budget shortfall (all times local):
The Oklahoma House has approved spending bills that would supplement the budgets of three state agencies but didn’t consider any measures to raise new revenue to help fill a $215 million hole in the state budget.
The House passed four measures Monday that would appropriate funds from the general revenue and constitutional Rainy Day Reserve funds. If they become law, the bills would fill only half the hole created when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled a cigarette fee passed by lawmakers earlier this year was unconstitutional.
Each of the measures now heads to the state Senate for debate and a vote.
The bills would appropriate $29.5 million to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, $29 million to the Department of Human Services and a total of about $48 million to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.