State of Oklahoma

Posted: May 04, 2018 10:54 AMUpdated: May 04, 2018 10:54 AM

State Legislature Adjourns Early

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Charlie Taraboletti
The Oklahoma Legislature has wrapped up the 2018 legislative session, heading home early after a year that included two special sessions, massive teacher protests and a last-minute flurry of emotionally charged proposals.
     The House and Senate both adjourned late Thursday, three weeks earlier than required under the state Constitution.  Bartlesville's State Representative Travis Dunlap says adjourning early saved the state some money.
     Lawmakers already had approved a $7.6 billion budget to fund state government, the largest in state history. It includes pay raises for teachers and state workers and increased funding for schools and state agencies.
     The Legislature saved some of the more divisive bills until the final week. Those included a bill to allow most adults to carry firearms in public without a license or training, and a measure to provide protections to religious-based agencies who discriminate against adoptive parents.

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