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Session adjourns with time to spare

Oklahoma City(AP)_The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned its 2008 session.

State senators called it quits for the year at 10:23 p.m., while House members wrapped up at 10:40 p.m.

Lawmakers had until next Friday at 5 o'clock to complete their business, but they had passed resolutions earlier to finish by midnight tonight.

1 of their final acts of the session was to approve a $475 million bond package.

The two-part plan will devote $300 million to road and bridge repair and maintenance and the remainder is going to endowed chairs at state colleges, construction on the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City and bridge and dam improvements in Tulsa.

Some lawmakers opposed the package, saying it will put Oklahoma in debt. But others say it was the best way to provide funding for programs that were left out of a $7.1 billion standstill budget.

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