Week two of the legislative session has proven to be just as busy as last week, with both special session and regular session meeting this week.
As expected, the House of Representatives considered
on Monday, which was the omnibus revenue bill that made up the backbone of the Step Up Oklahoma plan. Unfortunately, the measure did not receive the 76 votes required to pass a revenue-raising bill out of the House. The vote failed by a
vote of 63-35
, with many members of both parties voting no. Because the revenue bill failed, the House did not even consider any of the other bills which were a part of the Step Up plan, including the $5,000 teacher pay raise bill.
So what’s next for special session 2? At this point, the budget for FY 2018 is still not balanced and legislative leaders have stayed true to their word that the Step Up plan was the final chance at raising revenue for FY 18. House and Senate leadership introduced an adjusted general appropriations bill, which makes 0.66 percent across-the-board cuts in order to balance the FY 18 budget for the remaining four months of the fiscal year.
HB 1020xx is a general appropriations bill that adjusts the budget to reflect across the board cuts to state agencies.
Career Tech takes a cut of $746,340.
- HB 1020xx passed both House and Senate JCAB committees and is now eligible to be heard on the House floor.
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