Committees approve budget bill with agency cuts, cash raids
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Oklahoma lawmakers have passed the latest bill designed to fill the state's budget through committee.
The Oklahoma House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget passed HB 1019x Nov. 14 with a vote of 17-13. The bill puts cuts of approximately 2.5 percent to most state agencies to make up revenue lost after a tobacco cessation fee was ruled unconstitutional.
The bill will use $23 million from the Rainy Day fund, $23 million in carryover funds and $60 million in revolving funds to fill the rest of the bill.
The Senate JCAB also took up the bill and passed it with a vote of 7-5. It will now move on to the full House and Senate.