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Critics: $6.8B Oklahoma budget bill may be unconstitutional


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican and Democratic members complained Wednesday that a $6.8 billion spending plan that cuts most state agencies' spending by about 5 percent has not been properly vetted and is likely unconstitutional.

Rank-and-file legislators were given few details ahead of votes in House and Senate committees shortly before midnight on the general appropriations bill that did not include a customary summary of the 56-page measure.

"This is a real disservice to the people of Oklahoma to do it this way," said Sen. David Holt, one of five Republicans who voted against the measu...

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