Oklahoma Lawmakers Plan $45 Million Tornado Relief

Tuesday, May 21st 2013, 6:14 pm
By: News 9

In response to the tornadoes that fell upon Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday, House Republicans are in support of $45 million to be used in relief from the rainy day fund and a pay raises to state troopers in recognition of their dedication to service during this crisis.

Republican leadership is supporting a relief package which includes Senate Bill 249 and House Bill 2145. SB 249 will take $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund and direct them to the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management. HB 2145, authored by Representative Jeff Hickman and House Speaker T.W. Shannon, will provide a pay raise package for state troopers.

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"While the full impact of this disaster is yet to be determined, let us be thankful for those who are on the frontlines tirelessly working to save the people of this great state," said Speaker Shannon, R-Lawton. "As law makers we must mirror their spirit and do what we can for those whose lives are forever changed by this disaster. They need our help now more than ever. Let us also stay strong in prayer and have faith that God will see us through. "

HB 2145 will be signed out of the House conference committee today and awaits signature by the Senate. It will then need to be approved by both chambers before being signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.