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Budget process draws debate on Oklahoma House floor

Budget process draws debate on Oklahoma House floor



Published: March 26, 2010

For the second time in two months, the House of Representatives stopped churning out money bills for the upcoming fiscal year to complain Thursday most are left out of the budget-decision process.

Rep. Mike Reynolds, as he did last month, asked to debate appropriation bills to criticize the procedure to craft the 2011 fiscal year budget, which takes effect July 1. Several other lawmakers joined him in a discussion that took more than an hour.

"The process needs to be open,” said Rep. Richard Morissette, D-Oklahoma City, pointing out the Legislature is exempt from the Open Meeting Act.

Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner, asked Rep. Ken Miller, chairman of the House and Appropriations Committee, which members of the GOP-controlled chamber were involved in budget discussions in "smoke-filled rooms.”... FULL ARTICLE


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