Legislature limps toward finish line as Friday adjournment looms
By Barbara Hoberock and Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawmakers on Thursday were limping toward adjournment following several long days.

The Legislature must adjourn by 5 p.m. Friday.

The Oklahoma House on Friday is expected to take up a $1.50 smoking cessation fee on cigarettes and the state’s $6.8 billion general appropriations bill. Both are expected to be controversial.

Previous efforts to pass the $1.50 increase on cigarettes as a tax failed in the House. The chamber needs 76 votes to increase a tax but only 51 to implement a fee.

The cigarette measure and the budget bill have already cleared the Senate.

Most of the drama to be had Thursday involved a dispute between Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, over several bills related to her criminal justice reform initiative.

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