Debate starts on Oklahoma education bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Debate is underway in the Oklahoma Senate over two bills designed to generate about $40 million that Republican leaders hope will placate thousands of teachers striking for more money for public schools.

The Senate is considering bills Friday to tax certain internet sales and to expand tribal gambling to include games with a ball or dice, such as craps and roulette. The $20 million projected from the sales tax would be dedicated for public schools.

Meanwhile, thousands of teachers, students and their supporters thronged the state Capitol for a fifth day, packing the hallways and chanting in the rotundas.

If approved without changes in the Senate, both bills would head to the governor's desk for her signature.

You can watch the proceedings live here:

http://oksenate.gov/livechamber.htm