Legislative leaders eye early adjournment

Legislative leaders eye early adjournment

CREATED May 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - With an agreement in place on a $7.1 billion state budget and the governor's signature already on several key legislative initiatives, Oklahoma lawmakers are beginning to suggest the 2013 legislative session might end early.

Such a move could save state taxpayers nearly $28,000 each day.

The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May, but legislative leaders have suggested they could wrap up their work a week, or even two, before then.

The House and Senate would realize significant savings, mostly in the form of travel reimbursements and per diem for members who live more than 50 miles from the Capitol.

Cost estimates show the 101-member House would save nearly $20,000 each day, while the Senate would save about $7,600 each day.

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