Budget deal, busy week await Okla. lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - With a looming budget deal and literally hundreds of bills waiting to emerge from conference committees, lawmakers expect a furious pace during the final two weeks of the legislative session.
Budget negotiations continued late last week between Democratic Gov. Brad Henry and Republican leaders from the House and Senate.
Once an agreement is reached on how they plan to fill a $1.2 billion hole in the budget, lawmakers can expect to see several proposals on ways to generate revenue to help fill the gap.
Henry, meanwhile, must decide whether to sign several controversial bills that lawmakers have sent to his desk, including an abortion bill requiring women to complete a lengthy questionnaire.


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