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By Trevor Brown
Oklahoma Watch 

A redder, and greener, Legislature faces steep challenges

 

November 13, 2016



Republicans built further on their dominance of the state Legislature on Tuesday by securing a net gain of four House seats and three Senate seats.

The change was relatively slight, but contrasted with intensive efforts this year by Democrats, educators and others pushing for more bipartisan influence over the budget and policies. Next session, the GOP will control 78.5 percent of the Legislature’s 149 seats, instead of just under 74 percent.

Yet this new crop of legislators will represent a change: A total of 45 lawmakers, or 30 percent, will begin new terms when they are sworn in later...



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