Troopers may be furloughed because of budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State Public Safety Commissioner Kevin Ward
says budget cuts may mean furloughs for Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The Public Safety Department faces a 6.5 percent budget cut for the coming fiscal year and Ward says troopers will be placed on furlough unless more money is provided.

State Rep. Randy Terrill says lawmakers are working to avoid troopers being furloughed.

Terrill is chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee and says money will either be transferred before the Legislature adjourns are money will be provided when lawmakers return early next year.

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