Oklahoma Lawmakers Might Be Forced Into Weekend Work To Avoid Deadline

Thursday, May 19th 2016, 5:25 am
By: News 9

The leader of the Oklahoma Senate says lawmakers might be forced to work during the weekend to avoid a constitutional deadline that prohibits them from considering revenue bills during the last five days of session.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said Wednesday there's no agreement to meet on Saturday or Sunday, but the idea has been discussed with House Speaker Jeff Hickman.

A budget for the upcoming fiscal year hinges on numerous revenue-raising bills being considered in both chambers. Among the ideas for helping close a $1.3 billion hole in next year's budget are a $1.50-per-pack tax on cigarettes, a broadening of the sales tax, eliminating tax subsidies and the sale of bonds to fund transportation projects.

Lawmakers must adjourn the regular session by 5 p.m. on May 27.