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March 13, 2014

House passes 2-year budgeting legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that asks voters to alter the way the Oklahoma Legislature considers budget bills and non-budget related matters.

The House voted 70-18 for the bill Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The bill by Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond calls for a vote of the people on an amendment to the state Constitution that would require the Legislature to consider only appropriations and budget measures during legislative sessions in odd-numbered years. Budgetary as well as non-budget related matters could be considered in even-numbered years.

Grau says the proposal would allow lawmakers to concentrate solely on state agency budgets every other year and give them more time for input and debate on the state budget.

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