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Senate Committee Approves Budget-Only Session Resolution

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The public would get to decide if the Oklahoma Legislature should dedicate every other year exclusively to writing a budget under a resolution that has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved the measure that was written by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman. It calls for a statewide vote on whether to allow the Legislature to draft a budget every year but only take up public policy measures on all other topics in odd-numbered years. A similar measure is pending in a House committee.

Bingman says the proposal would allow legislators to spend more time working on the budget without being distracted by various other pieces of legislation.

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