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Oklahoma House Restores Senior Funds

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Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma House has voted to restore $5 million to a senior nutrition program whose budget was cut due to a budget shortfall.

The House on Friday approved the measure 98-1 and sent it to the Senate for approval on the final day of the 2010 Oklahoma Legislature.

The Commission on Human Services cut $14.6 million from its budget last year because of a sharp drop in state revenue. The cuts included $7.4 million to the Aging Services Division that includes the senior nutrition program.

The money was used by area agencies across the state to pay for senior nutrition centers and home-delivered meals.

The legislation appropriates $5 million for the program for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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