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Oklahoma: Special Session Called
September 06, 2017

Governor Mary Fallin (R) has called lawmakers back to the capitol on September 25 for a special session to balance the state budget. The call stems from a state supreme court ruling that deemed a recently-passed, $1.50 per-pack cigarette tax as unconstitutional. Revenues from the tax were slated for four state agencies: the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, the Department of Human Services, and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The agencies stand to lose an estimated $500 million in matching federal funding.

The governor has not yet indicated whether there would be a deal with the legislature to raise other revenue sources or to make cuts across other agencies to close the spending gap.

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