Legislators began action Wednesday on $37.1 million in appropriations to help four agencies, including corrections and public schools, get through the fiscal year that ends June 30.
In the SenateThe Senate passed House Bill 2253 that gives the Corrections Department a $24 million supplemental appropriation that will finance nearly 7,400 inmate spaces for the agency during this fiscal year. Senators also passed House Bill 2259 to appropriate $2 million to the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The $2 million will include improvements for the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs. The two bills now go to the House of Representatives. When the agreement for these two supplemental funding measures was announced, Corrections Director Justin Jones said the $24 million would pay for nearly 4,000 private prison beds. It also would pay counties for about 1,300 inmates who are in county jails awaiting transfer to the prison system, would finance 600 inmate beds under contract with county jails and 1,400 spaces in halfway houses, Jones said
In the HouseThe House passed $10 million in supplemental funding for public schools.