Plenty Of Winners Seen In First Split Legislature In 8 Decades

Saturday, June 24th 2006, 5:53 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ There was no shortage of winners following last week's end of the first Oklahoma Legislature in eight decades that hasn't been controlled by Democrats.

State Lawmakers managed to pass tax cuts, funding increase and social issues pushed by conservatives.

It wasn't easy for lawmakers to finish their work Friday after a three-day special session. The regular session ended May 26th without a budget, forcing Governor Brad Henry to call lawmakers back to the Capitol.

State Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan -- a 10-year-legislative veteran -- called the session the most difficult and contentious he's ever seen.

Approval of a record $623-million tax-cut program and a $7-billion budget plan came exactly a week before state agencies would have run out of money on June 30th, the last day of the fiscal year.