OK Governor Fallin suggests law change to balance budget

As the Oklahoma legislature enters its eighth week in special session to balance the budget, Governor Mary Fallin says lawmakers should consider changing the law in order to pass the budget.

The current law requires 3/4 of representatives to approve any revenue-raising measures. Fallin suggests that the number be lowered to 2/3 or even as low as 60 votes to avoid future budget crises. She says the lawmakers should allow the people to vote on a possible modification of the law.

Fallin scheduled the special session four months after lawmakers adopted a new cigarette tax, which ultimately was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

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