OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A self-imposed legislative deadline to pass
an education funding bill has come and gone with no action on the
budget by lawmakers.
Lawmakers approved the April 1 deadline in 2003, but there are
no penalty provisions, and legislators have only met the early
funding deadline once since the bill was passed.
Meanwhile, lawmakers passed the halfway mark of the 2010
legislative session, but details remain scant about how they plan
to fill a $1.2 billion hole in the budget.
Legislative leaders say talks remain in the preliminary stages
about how to write a budget that has been decimated by a declining
economy and low energy prices.