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May 14, 2013

Okla. Senate expected to pass $7.1B budget bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate is expected to consider and give final legislative approval to a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that will fund state government for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.

The bill scheduled for a vote Tuesday already passed the House and reflects an agreement between the governor and Republican legislative leaders. It increases spending by nearly $270 million over the current year’s budget, with funding growth focused mostly on education, health care and human services.

The bill was opposed in the House by Democrats and several Republicans who complained the bill doesn’t adequately fund public safety entities like prisons and state troopers.

Once approved by the Senate, the bill heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it.

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House Bill 2301: http://bit.ly/15tAuIS

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