Okla. House, Senate panels OK $7.1B budget bill

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A $7.1 billion general appropriations bill to fund state government for the upcoming fiscal year has cleared its first hurdles among rank-and-file legislators.

Separate House and Senate committees easily passed the bill on Wednesday, despite opposition from Democrats and a few Republicans.

Some members from both parties voiced concern that the budget included about $5 million for the House and Senate to renovate office space, but failed to include funding for pay raises for prison workers or state troopers.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Scott Martin spent more than an hour fielding questions from members on the budget and says he believes the measure "reflects the will of the body."

Education, health care and human services received most of the increased revenue.

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