By The Numbers: How Successful Was Oklahoma’s Special Session?

Nov 26, 2017

First floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol
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The special session of the Oklahoma Legislature ended 10 days ago, and Oklahoma Watch has published a look at some of the session’s statistics.

The session lasted 54 days, during which 194 measures were proposed. Out of those 194 bills, a total of four became law—though one of those four successful measures—the budget bill—was line-item vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin.

When the special session began, the state was facing a potential budget shortfall of $215 million. By the end of the session, that number had been brought down to $118 million, though if no new revenue bills are passed soon, that number could balloon to $600 million by 2019.

During the session, lawmakers rejected a total of almost a billion dollars’ worth of additional revenue over the next two years.

There are now only 70 days until the regular 2018 legislative session begins.