Governor Says Special Session Is Best Option

Governor Mary Fallin isn't yet calling for a special session, but she's making it clear it's what she wants. In a prepared statement released Wednesday, Fallin said the Legislature must return in special session to deal with the $215 million shortfall caused by the State Supreme Court striking down the cigarette fee. She says failure to meet in special session would mean the $215 million would have to be cut mostly from three state agencies: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. She says those agencies and the people they serve cannot sustain the kind of cuts that will occur if leaders don't find a solution.


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