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Okla. governor signs supplemental bill for prisons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A $13 million supplemental appropriations bill to help the state prison system pay its bills has been signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin signed the measure Wednesday, one day after it received final approval in the state House. The bill was passed by the Senate last week.

The measure appropriates $13 million to the Department of Corrections to pay its bills through for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Officials say the agency will use the money to pay for private prison beds, a backup of inmates in county jails and inmate medical services.

Fallin also signed a separate measure that authorizes citizens who sue public officials for violations of the Open Meetings Act to recover attorney fees if successful.

Online:

Senate Bill 2126: http://bit.ly/1l9YjZt

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