Resolution designed to focus lawmaker's attention on Oklahoma's budget is approved

A resolution calling for the Oklahoma Legislature to consider policy issues only once every two years, while considering budget issues every year, was unanimously approved Wednesday by the House Rules Committee.
by Randy Ellis Modified: February 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014

A resolution that would alter the kinds of bills the Oklahoma Legislature can consider each year was unanimously approved by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.

State Rep. Randy Grau said House Joint Resolution 1003 calls for a public vote in November on whether to limit the Legislature to considering policy issues only once every two years, while allowing lawmakers to continue considering appropriation and budget bills every year.

“I think we pass way too many laws,” said Grau, R-Edmond. “I think this will slow down the number of laws we pass.”

Grau said he also believes the proposed change would focus the Legislature’s attention on making sure taxpayers’ money is wisely spent.

The resolution will now go to the Calendar Committee to be scheduled for consideration on the House floor.

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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