Legislative session ends a week early

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned the 2014 legislative session a week early after giving final approval to several big-ticket items, including a $120 million bond issue to overhaul the state Capitol and the repeal of a set of education standards known as Common Core.
Both chambers adjourned Friday, one week before the constitutionally mandated deadline of May 30th.
Among the bills given final approval on Friday were one for a bond issue to pay for improvements to the state Capitol and another to repeal the Common Core education standards that had come under criticism from conservative groups.
Also Friday, the Senate rejected a proposal calling for a statewide vote that would have allowed voter-approved property tax hikes for school safety initiatives like storm shelters in some districts.