Last week marked the second major deadline of the 2016 legislative session. Bills not passed off of the floor of the house of origin by COB last week—i.e. House bills on the House floor and Senate bills on the Senate floor – are considered dead. The next deadline will be Thursday, April 7th when all bills must be passed out of the committee in the opposite house—i.e. House bills out of Senate committee and Senate bills out of House committee. Today, of the 1,768 bills originally filed, 854 bills remain alive to be heard.
OKLAHOMA CITY – In an annual budget proposal handed over to lawmakers this week, Gov. Mary Fallin suggested the state could raise $200 million from new sales tax revenue and other changes to the code.
What she didn’t say, however, was how the money would be raised. Officials are keeping details of the governor’s budget out of the public eye during negotiations, which could last through the legislative session and into May.