Oklahoma Capitol updates, March 8

Oklahoma Capitol updates, March 8
Published: March 8, 2013
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Capitol UPDATES

Drought

• At stake: House Bill 1923 would allocate $10 million in the newly formed Emergency Drought Relief Fund. Money in the fund would be accessed only by state agencies that are qualified to provide drought relief after the governor declared a drought emergency.

• What happened: Passed the House 69-18.

• What's next: Goes to the Senate.

State government

• At stake: House Bill 1455 would abolish 47 boards and commissions that haven't been active for at least several years.

• What happened: Passed the House 78-11.

• What's next: Goes to the Senate.

State government

• At stake: House Bill 1467 would consolidate state Health Department advisory boards into eight advisory panels. Savings are estimated at nearly $370,000 annually by eliminating mileage paid for advisory board members and audit expenses as well as freeing up agency staff time.

• What happened: Passed the House 68-21.

• What's next: Goes to the Senate.

State government

At stake: House Bill 1470 would consolidate several boards, councils and committees; among the agencies being combined is the Drug Dog Advisory Council, which would merge with the Bomb Dog Advisory Council.

• What happened: Passed the House 83-4.

• What's next: Goes to the Senate.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU