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Oklahoma lawmakers’ final term holds hard choices

Oklahoma lawmakers’ final term holds hard choices

NewsOK

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT AND JULIE BISBEE

Published: January 31, 2010

The Legislature’s two leaders said they will strive to pass measures reforming the state’s workers’ compensation system and public schools during the upcoming second session of the 52nd Legislature — their last as lawmakers.

House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee are term-limited and cannot seek re-election.

Much attention will be on the state’s budget as declining revenues in the past year are resulting in lawmakers having about $1.3 billion less to spend compared with last year.

But Benge, R-Tulsa, and Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, said they hope to shepherd legislation through this session that will continue a pro-business trend since Republicans captured the House in 2004. Republicans gained a majority in the Senate in the 2008 elections... FULL ARTICLE

 


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