Senate approval sends budget-cutting bill to governor's desk


Senators did not vote on a measure that would allocate $31.7 million in emergency funding to the state's two medical schools, which are in jeopardy of losing their accreditation. I am happy that these bills passed through the Senate with bipartisan support and I look forward to continuing to work with the COPS Task Force to look at other ways we can support our men and women in blue. He said the number of bills still alive in the Senate was slightly higher, 116 of the 126 bills introduced at the start of this year's session.

A bill that would cut state agency budgets by almost 2 percent is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.

The measure, part of the Step Up Oklahoma proposal, failed to garner the super majority of votes required for tax hikes. He urged members to dig in their heels and "press on".

But Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz, R-Altus, said time is up.

Bruce Hamilton recalls Rev. Billy Graham's deep Jacksonville ties
Graham began to develop a following due to his charming sense of humor and his nonpartisan Christian views. It is estimated that Billy Graham preached to more than 210 million people in 185 countries in his life .

It's full speed ahead for legal West Virginia sports betting as Senate Bill 415 was approved on Tuesday by a 25-9 margin, sending the West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act to the House of Delegates where sister bill HB 4396 also has support. It is administered by State Treasurer Ken Miller's office.

Senate budget chair Kim David, R-Porter, said it's time to finish with the current budget, so leaders can begin work on the 2019 fiscal year.

The programs are in jeopardy of losing accreditation due to a disagreement with the federal government over funding.