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Okla. panel seeks fix for legislative budget

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   OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin will decide how to handle a $7.9 million hiccup in the state budget that was approved by lawmakers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
 
   The Oklahoma Board of Equalization will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss a recent opinion by Attorney General Scott Pruitt that says the Legislature's decision to divert about $7.9 million from a college scholarship program was unconstitutional. The diverted revenue was part of a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that funds most state government functions for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
 
   House Democratic leader Rep. Scott Inman, who requested the opinion, maintains the budget is now technically out of balance in violation of a constitutional requirement that the state has a balanced budget.



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