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May 8, 2013

Legislators eye early adjournment



The House speaker and Senate president pro tem get $56,332, and floor leaders and budget committee chairs get $50,764.
Leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature reached a broad agreement with Gov. Mary Fallin in late April on three major issues: an income tax cut, an overhaul of the workers’ compensation system, and a plan to repair the Capitol and other state buildings. 
Those bills all have been given final legislative approval, and only the tax cut bill remains to be signed. 
Then last week, Fallin and legislative leaders reached a deal on a $7.1 billion budget to fund various state agencies. 
That measure will get its first hearing in House and Senate committees Wednesday and could be on Fallin’s desk as early as next week.
“The major issues of the day are decided — tax cuts, workers’ comp, Capitol infrastructure and the budget,” said House Democratic leader Rep. Scott Inman, D-Del City. 
“Anything of importance that doesn’t get addressed this year, under our rules can be taken up next session, in February, when we generally have a much lighter workload. 
“I don’t see a whole lot of reasons why we shouldn’t be able to adjourn early and go back home to our families.
“When we gavel out, the people of Oklahoma can take a deep breath because they know they won’t have to worry about too much meddling in their lives at that point.”

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