Oklahoma Legislature to reconvene special revenue session

Oklahoma Legislature to reconvene special revenue session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers plan to reconvene a special session to fill a $215 million hole in the state budget after accomplishing nothing during a brief meeting over the weekend.

The Oklahoma House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene Monday afternoon to consider a variety of revenue-raising proposals. Lawmakers convened on Saturday but adjourned within minutes without taking any action.

Lawmakers have been unable to agree on a ways to raise new revenue. Democrats have made increasing the production tax on oil and natural gas a key issue in budget negotiations in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Last week, the Senate adopted a resolution asking the House to pass a package of tax increases, including doubling the production tax from 2 percent to 4 percent. But the bill failed to get out of committee.

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