The failure of some Oklahoma legislative leaders to reach a compromise on how to invest Oklahoma's record budget and the shutdown of the state Capitol air conditioning system gives us an interesting idea.

What if the returning lawmakers were forced to negotiate in a Capitol room that lacks cooling? Even in an election season, would we get a quicker resolution? The state's fiscal year begins on July 1 and some agencies are now beginning to dust off contingency plans.

Some state agencies sent workers home Friday after a return water line was accidentally cut. The line services the cooling tower which is a major component of the Capitol's air conditioning system. They expect to have it fixed today but the thought of negotiations in that stuffy room with the leaders of the House, Senate and the Governor was too much to pass up.

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