The Governor of Oklahoma filed an Executive Order earlier this month calling for a special session of the Oklahoma State Legislature. The First Extraordinary Session of the 56th Legislature is set to begin on Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Special session subjects for the Legislature’s consideration include:
- The immediate budget shortfall created by the loss of the $215 million cigarette fee revenue; the fee was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court earlier this year
- Options to address a long-term solution to the continuing budget shortfalls
- The need for more consolidation and other efficiencies in all areas of the state government
- Clarifying, through legislative amendment, the intended exemptions to the 1.25 percent sales tax on vehicles
- Addressing the needed pay increase for classroom teachers in the K – 12 common education system
During the special session, no other legislation may be considered by the Legislature unless Governor Mary Fallin amends the Executive Order. The session is expected to last at least five days at an approximate cost of $30,000 per day.