Okla. lawmakers to take up budget, oil well bills

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 2:11 am •  Published: May 21, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state budget, public pensions and a bond issue to repair Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old Capitol are among the issues state lawmakers are scheduled to consider as they race toward an early adjournment.

Lawmakers return to the Capitol Wednesday to resume their work. The 2014 Oklahoma Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn on May 30, but they plan to finish their work and adjourn on Friday.

Legislation awaiting action includes a $120 million bond issue to repair the crumbling Capitol building and a bond issue up to $40 million for a new building that would house the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Lawmakers must also pass bills to enact a proposed $7.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.