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Oklahoma's public health lab needs more funding to continue


February 2, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state health leader has warned lawmakers that without legislative action Oklahoma's public health laboratory will not only lose accreditation, but it will also close.

State Health Commissioner Terry Cline told a group of lawmakers at a budget hearing Tuesday that his agency will need the Legislature to approve a 20-year bond for $58.5 million. He also requested $632,000 to pay the interest of the bond, The Oklahoman ( ) reported.

"When the medical examiner's office lost their accreditation (in 2009), they're able to continue to perform the funct...

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