Prisons, child welfare issues await Okla lawmakers

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An overcrowded prison system and a child welfare system that has drawn criticism for failing to care for vulnerable children are just some of the problems facing lawmakers who return to the state Capitol on Monday.

The Legislature will convene on Monday to hear Gov. Mary Fallin deliver her second State of the State address.

Lawmakers also will be looking at ways to overhaul the state's tax code with an eye toward further reducing the personal income tax.

Unlike last year, the state's revenue picture has improved dramatically. Last year lawmakers were forced to slash agency budgets by as much as 9% to make up for a budget shortfall of $500 million. This year's hole is expected to be closer to $100 million.

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